Stories 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

Monday, July 6, 2015

Georgia official can set Vidalia onion packing date, court rules

Georgia's agriculture commissioner can set a packing date for the state's famed Vidalia onions, an appeals court has ruled.
By Kate Brumback

Friday, June 19, 2015

Man killed by police was shot in back, autopsy finds

ATLANTA - A man who was killed by a police officer's bullet was shot in the back, adding a new twist to a case in which police say the man was driving a car toward officers when the incident happened.
By Kate Brumback

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Atlanta officer accused of letting murder suspect escape

ATLANTA — Atlanta police have arrested one of their own, saying he intentionally allowed a murder suspect to escape.
By Kate Brumback

Friday, May 29, 2015

Father: Woman shot by Ga. sheriff told police it was an accident

ATLANTA - The woman who was shot and critically wounded by a Georgia sheriff told a detective the shooting was an accident that happened while they were practicing self-defense tactics in an empty ...
By Kate Brumback

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Guns, training gun found where police say sheriff shot woman

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - In­vesti­­gators recovered guns along with a fake training gun from the empty model home where police say Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill shot and critically ...
By Kate Brumback

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

King heirs to enter mediation over bible, peace prize

ATLANTA - A legal battle over the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s traveling Bible and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize is headed for court-ordered mediation, and lawyers for both sides said Wednesday they ...
By Kate Brumback
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