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March 6

March 6, 2011 --

Land flips sting Gwinnett taxpayers Hall County’s new attorneys are costing more

March 5

March 5, 2011 --

Feds: Money manager bought beach house with client funds Senate bill tackles sales of tax liens Senate bill would halt contingency-fee forfeiture prosecutions Why did governor purge state Board of Education? Cobb official out amid workplace complaints Sandy Springs prostitution busts questioned Jury awards MARTA lt. $700K APS ethics panel finds evidence against board member

ATL physician accused of $975K health care scam

March 5, 2011 --

An Atlanta physician scammed Medicaid and Medicare for $975,000 for group therapy for nursing home patients, many of whom were either dead or hospitalized, federal prosecutors say. Dr. Robert Williams, 72, was arraigned Friday in federal court on fraud charges that could cost him 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

March 4

March 4, 2011 --

SACS orders DeKalb schools to make changes Beazer CEO to make $6.5M SEC settlement ATL man settles SEC civil charges Intent of ‘trade secret’ bill is an open secret Barnes argues to quash case against ex-Cobb EMC CEO

Ethics panel: Caucuses must follow spending limits

Ethics panel: Caucuses must follow spending limits
March 4, 2011 --

Party caucuses in the Georgia Legislature are not exempt from limits on campaign spending, the State Campaign Finance Commission decided this week. The panel’s advisory opinion could curtail spending by the Democratic caucuses in the Georgia House and Senate, which paid more than $60,000 for mailings on behalf of Sen. Vincent Fort and Rep. Rashad Taylor against challengers in the party’s July 2010 primary.

Ex-N. Ga. prosecutor fined, reprimanded in election case

March 2, 2011 --

The State Election Board has fined a former north Georgia prosecutor for absentee-ballot violations, rejecting a judge’s recommendation to drop the charges for lack of evidence. Albert Palmour of Summerville, now an attorney in private practice, was fined $18,000 last week and given a public reprimand for his alleged role in a 2006 election fraud case in Chattooga County.

March 2

March 2, 2011 --

Proposed sunshine law gives GA lawmakers a pass ATL identifies antenna problem with water meters Pay cuts at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Opinion: Revamp of open gov’t rules a mixed bag

Ethics panel dismisses complaint over Cagle’s alleged affair

Ethics panel dismisses complaint over Cagle’s alleged affair
March 1, 2011 --

Allegations that Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle overpaid a campaign aide with whom he was having an affair were dropped today by the State Campaign Finance Commission. Members said complainant Ray Boyd had no evidence to support his claim, which the chairman described as a “clear abuse” of the complaint process.

March 1

March 1, 2011 --

Embattled CEO out for now at Cobb EMC EMC board votes to rehire Brown on retirement day UPS, FedEx part of federal probe Ch. 2 investigates complaints of ATL water meter mistakes

Despite the law, DeKalb school minutes vanish without a trace

February 28, 2011 --

Local governments in Georgia can use paper or computer software to comply with Georgia’s Open Meetings Act, which requires that government agencies keep records of official meetings. DeKalb County schools are in the education business, but they haven’t learned to adhere to that basic principle. School officials can’t produce minutes of two meetings where a controversial salary audit was discussed, nor the audit’s executive summary that was supposedly kept in the official file of a third meeting.

Supremes disbar convicted Judges Blitch, Camp

Supremes disbar convicted Judges Blitch, Camp
February 28, 2011 --

A judge who shared drugs with his stripper girlfriend, along with a second jurist who freed criminal defendants without telling prosecutors, both lost their law licenses today. The Georgia Supreme Court disbarred former Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch and accepted the voluntary surrender of former federal judge Jack Camp‘s license to practice law.

Feb. 28

February 28, 2011 --

‘Rocket docket’s’ dismissal rate raises questions With earmarks ban, UGA may miss funds DOT audit: Some problems fixed, others persist