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July 3

July 4, 2010 --

Are Cobb top cop’s Vietnam medals real? NewTown hires Macon legislator to consult on SPLOST vote GBI will investigate Gwinnett chairman’s arrest DeKalb CEO visited HQ of ambulance firm hired by county Clayton candidate says ethics case ‘non-issue’

July 2

July 2, 2010 --

Trooper: UGA athletic director tried to bargain way out of DUI arrest Bannister cleared of DUI; Gwinnett sheriff on defensive Teens in non-profit campaigned for Oxendine Columbus mayor axes $500K program amid Parks & Rec probe Judge to Oxendine in ’91: You’re an abomination Court revives lawsuit against ex-Clayton County DA Cobb orders candidate to […]

Eaves wins, Norwood loses in Fulton ballot access dispute

Eaves wins, Norwood loses in Fulton ballot access dispute
July 1, 2010 --

A  judge today dealt a setback to Mary Norwood‘s quest to be elected chair of the Fulton County Commission. The judge’s ruling means Norwood must collect 3,000 signatures more than before to be assured a place on the general election ballot in November.

July 1

July 1, 2010 --

U.S. asks federal court to take over state’s mental health system Ga. colleges say they have few illegal immigrants State creates waiting list for HIV/AIDS drugs Ethics panel could expand candidate disclosure requirements Cherokee commissioner withdraws from race over discrepancies in military record State investigating 3-month delay in notifying victims of security breach Suit: Ethics […]

June 30

June 30, 2010 --

ATL airport giving away millions in free billboard space Bannister DUI arrest raises questions Documents suggest ATL police quota system DeKalb schools revising policies after indictments, SACS probe Clayton’s sheriff looking for ‘liars’ in department Prosecutor wants Glynn Co. cops charged in fatal shooting Cooper’s seat on Board of Regents suddenly in doubt Many Ga. […]

Hudgens’ campaign returns $106K improperly shifted from Senate race

Hudgens' campaign returns $106K improperly shifted from Senate race
June 30, 2010 --

Ralph Hudgens‘ bid for Georgia insurance commissioner has returned $106,600 in contributions that were transferred improperly last year from his state Senate campaign fund. Hudgens said he’s signed a consent order to resolve an ethics complaint on the matter that would not impose a financial penalty. “No fines, no anything,” he said.  UPDATE: Maria Sheffield, another Republican running for insurance commissioner, today attacked Hudgens for his handling of the improper transfer.

Defective drywall used by Habitat of Humanity

June 30, 2010 --

NEW ORLEANS — For more than a year, the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity has insisted there were no defects in the Chinese drywall it used to build nearly 200 houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina, including many in its heavily publicized “Musicians’ Village’’ development in the Upper Ninth Ward. But a house-by-house canvas of Musicians’ Village by reporters from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and ProPublica found several homeowners who reported serious problems and one who said she had complained to Habitat for more than a year about corrosion and electronics failures believed to be related to her drywall.

Speaker’s appointment assures quorum for Oxendine ethics case

Speaker's appointment assures quorum for Oxendine ethics case
June 30, 2010 --

House Speaker David Ralston today named Brunswick attorney Hillary S. Stringfellow to fill a 5-month-old vacancy on the State Ethics Commission, just in time for a hearing on charges against Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine. Attorneys’ challenge to the impartiality of two members could have left the ethics panel one member short of a quorum to hear the Oxendine matter.

June 28

June 28, 2010 --

Punishment low and slow for problem day-care centers Secretary of State candidates criticize one another’s ethics Was Columbus Parks & Rec probe racially motivated? Savannah high school teacher: Failing grades changed Perdue criticized for foreign trips

Gwinnett judge must assess ‘systemic breakdown’ in defender system

Gwinnett judge must assess 'systemic breakdown' in defender system
June 28, 2010 --

A Gwinnett County judge must decide whether “an actual breakdown in the entire public defender system” has denied an accused murderer a speedy trial, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled today. District Attorney Danny Porter indicted Khanh Dinh Phan in 2005, but the state has never paid lawyers hired to represent him in the killing of a Lilburn man and his 2-year-old son.

Supreme Court dumps ‘lost’ Twiggs probate judge

Supreme Court dumps 'lost' Twiggs probate judge
June 28, 2010 --

June 28, 2010 — A mid-Georgia judge — who admitted to being “as lost as I could be” when he took office — was removed from the bench today by the Georgia Supreme Court. Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler’s conduct, the high court wrote, “shows that he is simply unwilling to live up to his legal and ethical responsibilities.”