Stories by Kate Brumback

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Man executed in 1994 slaying

ATLANTA — A man convicted of killing a woman he met at a Georgia nightclub was executed Thursday after losing a last-minute round of appeals.
By Kate Brumback

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Uncertainty remains about guilt of death row inmate, lawyers say

A Georgia death row inmate shouldn't be executed this week because doubts remain about his guilt, his lawyers argue.
By Kate Brumback

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Ex-lawmaker gets year in prison for fraud

ATLANTA - A federal judge on Monday sentenced a former Georgia state representative and civil rights activist to a year and a day in prison for fraud. U.S. District Judge Amy To­ten­­berg also ...
By Kate Brumback

Friday, Nov. 6, 2015

Former Georgia lawmaker admits responsibility in fraud

A former Georgia state lawmaker and civil rights activist told a judge Friday he regrets making the mistakes that landed him in federal court on fraud charges and said he takes full responsibility ...
By Kate Brumback

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

Prosecutors seek 2 years in prison for ex-Georgia lawmaker

Prosecutors say former state Rep. Tyrone Brooks used his sterling reputation to steal donations meant for poor people. Brooks' defense team says he was just a lousy bookkeeper who focused more on ...
By Kate Brumback

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Judge tosses suit claiming sperm bank misrepresented donor

ATLANTA - A judge in Atlanta has tossed out a lawsuit accusing a sperm bank and sperm donor of misrepresenting the medical and social history of the donor.
By Kate Brumback

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

UPDATE: Kelly Gissendaner put to death

ATLANTA -- Georgia executes woman convicted in husband's death; 1st woman executed in state in 70 years.
By Kate Brumback

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Indictments show cellphones' role in prison crime rings

ATLANTA - Inmates at some Georgia prisons have been using cellphones to traffic drugs, smuggle in contraband, steal identities and, in at least one case, to arrange a violent attack, according to ...
By Kate Brumback

Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Woman gets new execution date

ATLANTA - The only woman on Georgia's death row is scheduled to be executed next week, more than six months after her previously scheduled execution was called off at the last minute because of a ...
By Kate Brumback

Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Judge won't close hot-car death case

MARIETTA, Ga. - A judge on Monday refused to bar the news media from pretrial hearings for a Georgia man accused of killing his toddler son by leaving him in a vehicle on a hot day.
By Kate Brumback

Group countersues Georgia in copyright fight over state code

ATLANTA - A nonprofit organization sued by Georgia for copying and distributing the state's annotated legal code filed a countersuit saying that laws enacted by the Legislature cannot be copyrighted.
By Kate Brumback

Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015

Evidence use at issue in hearing

MARIETTA, Ga. - What evidence the jury will be allowed to hear in the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot vehicle to die is certain to be a central ...
By Kate Brumback

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Federal criminal justice reform task force visits Georgia

ATLANTA - Members of a group charged with coming up with suggestions to reform the federal corrections system on Tuesday sought advice from the leaders of Georgia's criminal justice reform initiative.
By Kate Brumback

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

Black couple sues neighbor, city over slurs, threats

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Citing a sliver of civil rights-era housing legislation, a black couple is suing their former neighbor and a north Georgia city they say failed to stop him from harassing them.
By Kate Brumback

Monday, Aug 10, 2015

Judge tosses inmate's suit filed after issue with execution drug

ATLANTA - A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by lawyers for Kelly Gissendaner, a Georgia death row inmate, that claimed the state violated their client's constitutional rights by ...
By Kate Brumback

Saturday, Aug 8, 2015

Georgia Aquarium locked in legal battle over beluga whales

The Georgia Aquarium is locked in a legal battle with a federal agency over the denial of its request to bring 18 beluga whales from Russia for display in United States aquariums.
By Kate Brumback

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Confederate flags placed near MLK church

ATLANTA - Confederate battle flags were stealthily placed on the grounds of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church, and authorities said Thursday they were looking for two white males who were ...
By Kate Brumback

Friday, July 10, 2015

Family questions way Ga. prosecutor handled shooting, lawyer says

DECATUR, Ga. - The family of a man fatally shot by a police officer outside the metro Atlanta tire store where he worked is questioning the way a prosecutor handled the case, an attorney said Friday.
By Kate Brumback

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Grand jury: Georgia officer justified in shooting man in Maserati

ATLANTA - A grand jury found that a police officer was justified in shooting a man outside a metro Atlanta tire store where he worked, recommending no further action in the case, a prosecutor said ...
By Kate Brumback

Can KKK 'adopt a highway'? State of Georgia says no

ATLANTA - A Georgia court heard arguments Thursday about whether the state violated a Ku Klux Klan group's constitutional rights by refusing its application to a highway cleanup program.
By Kate Brumback
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