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Lawyers sue state over gaps in indigent defense

December 15, 2009 --

Nearly 200 criminal defendants have no state-paid lawyer as required by Georgia law to handle their appeals, according to a civil suit filed today. More than half have waited more than a year without an attorney. Budget cuts and a 2008 Supreme Court decision lie at the heart of the problem. “When our system of criminal justice does not itself comply with the rule of law, its integrity is fairly questioned,” said attorney Michael A. Caplan. “That integrity is what is at issue in this case.”

Dec. 15

December 15, 2009 --

Questions raised over Oxendine’s trips with major donors ATL water dept. lunch sparks controversy Congressional ethics committees inquire about Deal’s business

Dec. 14

December 14, 2009 --

Questions over lobbyist’s relationship with Carrollton lawmaker PSC staffers criticize Georgia Power Findings of Forsyth County IT probe under review Albany official resigns to avoid possible indictment Ethics reform is likely this session due to one woman History of scandal at state Capitol

Four more legislators file 2008 financial disclosures — 5 months late

Four more legislators file 2008 financial disclosures -- 5 months late
December 14, 2009 --

Better late than never: Four Georgia legislators, including Rep. Sheila Jones of Atlanta, filed personal financial disclosures last week for 2008. Some, we’re told, even mentioned Atlanta Unfiltered when they made sure the state received their reports. That leaves 10 Democrats who still haven’t filed. UP NEXT: We’ll take a closer look at where the money’s flowing in the Legislature, and to whom. One hint: It ain’t to the Democrats.

Dec. 13

December 13, 2009 --

DeKalb school official faces question of impropriety Is Cargill plant an environmental steward or neighborhood polluter? Ethics case stalks Eric Johnson’s campaign Complaints against insurers rise Law on honest student testing sought ‘Climate of fear’ at Macon City Hall?

Dec. 12

December 12, 2009 --

Thousands of stimulus fund reports missing Deerwood Academy’s principal under review after state sanction Warner Robins candidates received improper campaign contributions

Dec. 11

December 11, 2009 --

Democrats announce new ethics legislation Last chance for the House ‘old guard’? College Park loans $130,000 to restaurant filing for bankruptcy State taken to task on water goals Recall effort looks to unseat 3 Gwinnett commissioners Seven Atlanta, Fulton County educators banned in test cheating scandal Congressman Tom Price releases his list of worst federal […]

Election Board’s full steam ahead on citizenship checks for new voters

Election Board's full steam ahead on citizenship checks for new voters
December 10, 2009 --

Once again, Georgia is about to require that new voters prove their citizenship before casting a ballot. The State Election Board voted 3-1 today to approve a process for citizenship checks, which were mandated by the Georgia Legislature this year. Board member David Worley tried unsuccessfully to amend the new rules, or table them for further refinement, based on objections raised by immigrant and minority groups.

Dec. 10

December 10, 2009 --

Winner of multimillion-dollar contract hires Ga. corrections official Office Depot refunds $23,000 to Fulton schools for overcharges DeKalb superintendent’s pay proving divisive Coastal housing bust concerns environmentalists Ga. lawmaker calls for pledge to stop adultery

Dec. 9

December 9, 2009 --

Failed bank deviated from business plan Former peanut executives seek money for legal costs Financing of proposed coal-fired power plant questioned Report: Lawrenceville mayor violated ethics Former DeKalb principal pleads guilty in cheating scandal Interim APD chief’s son under investigation for ‘accidentally’ threatening wife CARE’s Helene Gayle wins GSU ethics award

White House gives agencies transparency to-do list

White House gives agencies transparency to-do list
December 8, 2009 --

Open government advocates got an early holiday gift from the White House today. The Office of Management and Budget released the detailed directive to federal agencies on transparency that President Barack Obama called for on his second day in office. The 11-page directive sets out specific tasks for agencies and gives them deadlines.

Dec. 8

December 8, 2009 --

Opinion: GA Legislature oddly incurious about bank failures Doraville political activist not guilty of assaulting workers Ex-Albany official’s wife surrenders, pleads guilty Augusta proposes restrictions on media Bibb superintendent to stay on job during ethics probe