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April 25

April 25, 2010 --

Sen. Pearson’s bill helps business partner Adoption agencies break rules, escape punishment Cheap bonds hike Georgia’s debt Habersham courts weather ethics storm Insurance, loan companies give Oxendine’s campaign $764K Rule overlooked in destruction of Warner Robins files

Paschal English is 2nd Griffin Circuit judge to resign abruptly

Paschal English is 2nd Griffin Circuit judge to resign abruptly
April 24, 2010 --

And the beat goes on … Paschal English, the chief Superior Court judge of the Griffin Judicial Circuit, resigned Friday as questions swirled about his handling of complaints against another judge in his circuit.

April 24

April 24, 2010 --

Judge’s sex talk swept under the robe? ATL mayor seeks massive rollback of pension benefits Vote to eliminate tax credit to poor dismays critics Early reports acknowledge some CRCT cheating Mohawk settlement could spark more illegal-worker lawsuits McIntosh County commissioner indicted for perjury Twiggs judge testifies on alleged misconduct

April 23

April 23, 2010 --

The Caldwell file: Which judges knew what and when? Federal judge issues injunction against state’s anti-nepotism law Economist: Tax reform should spread burden Indigent defense legislation delayed until next year Community banks face fallout from reforms aimed at Wall Street Columbus State faculty votes no confidence in president, provost Critics say ethics bill doesn’t go […]

Middle Ga. judge faces suspension for alleged retaliation against witnesses

April 23, 2010 --

A middle Georgia judge retaliated against two witnesses who testified in January about his courtroom conduct, state investigators say. Those actions may cost Twiggs Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler his paycheck.

Meet the homeowners whose loss was Paulson’s $1B gain

April 22, 2010 --

The Wall Street Journal tracked down homeowners whose home mortgages were part of the CDO (collateralized debt obligation) that forms the basis of the SEC’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs.

April 22

April 22, 2010 --

Baker won’t sue Justice Dep’t over citizenship verification MARTA kept part of lease-back deals off books Judge Caldwell admits he made inappropriate comments Mountain Circuit’s Judge Cornwell was under investigation Attorney general: Looks like budget is illegal Perdue makes ethics group’s worst governors list New CRCT cheating charge probed in Richmond County Rome city schools: […]

April 21

April 21, 2010 --

Expert: Augusta nuclear reactor flawed House votes for school board ethics measure Ethics bill to come up for vote Wednesday 2nd District GOP chair resigns after impartiality questioned Milton wants to depoliticize ethics process 

Griffin Circuit judge agrees never to be a judge again

April 21, 2010 --

Griffin Circuit Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. agreed he would never be a judge again when he resigned this week. That generally happens when the state has launched an investigation of the judge’s conduct. DA Scott Ballard acknowledged that a state investigator met with him Tuesday.

April 20

April 20, 2010 --

Proposal said to make Ga. death statute vulnerable to attack SCLC factions battle over bank accounts, leadership positions Ethics lawyer resigns amid investigation Gender pay gap not as severe in Ga. Bill seeks to ban lobbyists on boards Saxby Chambliss and the fight over derivatives ATL councilman calls for moratorium on parking enforcement Columbus State […]

Fulton judge rejects Dems’ challenge to voter ID law

Fulton judge rejects Dems' challenge to voter ID law
April 20, 2010 --

A Fulton County judge has dismissed an effort by Georgia Democrats to upend a 2006 law requiring voters to produce a photo ID before they cast a ballot. Democrats contended the law was an unconstitutional infringement on the right to vote. ‘Tain’t so, says Fulton County Superior Court Judge Tom Campbell.

Rules panel rejects gift limits, moves ethics bill on

Rules panel rejects gift limits, moves ethics bill on
April 20, 2010 --

UPDATE: The ethics bill was recommitted just now (12:20 p.m. Wednesday) to the Rules Committee. Not sure what’s up with that. We’ll find out when the committee meets at 1:30 p.m.

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The House Rules Committee today pushed ahead with Speaker David Ralston’s ethics bill after rejecting Democrats’ drive for a $50 cap on gifts from lobbyists. The panel scheduled the bill, tweaked just before the meeting, for debate by the full House on Wednesday. Procedurally, the measure was passed in such a way that it cannot be amended on the House floor.