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Ethics Commission drops Lisa Borders lobbying complaint

Ethics Commission drops Lisa Borders lobbying complaint
May 1, 2009 --

The state has dropped an ethics investigation of Atlanta mayoral candidate Lisa Borders (right) because the person who filed the complaint could not prove misconduct. Borders, who is president of the Atlanta City Council, was accused of improperly lobbying Georgia legislators to pass a so-called “private cities” bill on behalf of her then-employer, Cousins Properties. […]

Lawmaker, former client, square off over alleged malpractice

May 1, 2009 --

A civil trial of a legal malpractice claim against state Rep. Randal Mangham got under way Thursday in DeKalb County State Court. Karen Smith, an employee of the Dekalb Sheriff’s Department, claims Mangham fouled up a personal injury case stemming from a 1995 car wreck on Cascade Road in southwest Atlanta. She alleges that Mangham’s […]

DeKalb legislator, accused of malpractice, back in court

April 29, 2009 --

A DeKalb County legislator gets his day in court today to defend against a legal malpractice claim that has lingered since 2004. Or not. State Rep. Randal Mangham lost a 2005 trial in the case and was ordered to pay $293,000 to a client who had been injured in an auto accident. Mangham won a […]

Investigators: DeKalb chief took 56 unapproved comp days

Investigators: DeKalb chief took 56 unapproved comp days
April 28, 2009 --

DeKalb County’s top cop took more than $35,000 in comp days even after his supervisor refused to sign off on them, investigative records show. Terrell Bolton was fired as police chief in February for, among other things, abusing comp time. Although DeKalb’s police manual forbids executives from accruing comp time or overtime pay, the chief […]

DeKalb vows ‘transparent’ probe of bullying response

April 27, 2009 --

DeKalb School Superintendent Crawford Lewis today promised a thorough and transparent investigation to see how the system handled bullying complaints that led to the suicide of a Dunaire Elementary student. Although the system’s investigation is continuing, Lewis said the mother of Jaheem Herrera, 11, clearly had visited Dunaire to complain about bullies harassing her son. […]

DeKalb chief’s comp time: Dinner … and a movie!

DeKalb chief's comp time: Dinner ... and a movie!
April 27, 2009 --

One Sunday last April, then-DeKalb County Police Chief Terrell Bolton suited up for a three-hour Buckhead dinner honoring two slain officers. On a Saturday night several weeks earlier, the chief spent three hours at the Atlanta premiere of the new movie by Tyler Perry, “Meet the Browns.” And, for the 2007 holiday season, Bolton took […]

Unopposed speaker raised $953,000

Unopposed speaker raised $953,000
April 27, 2009 --

House Speaker Glenn Richardson has 54,000 constituents in his legislative district in eastern Paulding County. Just two of them donated money to the speaker’s 2007-08 election fund. Three businesses in the 19th District also gave to the speaker’s campaign, as did the Paulding Chamber of Commerce. Together, the six donations — totaling $5,840 – added […]