Across Georgia


Judge confirmed to appellate court

WASHINGTON — The first Cuban-born judge to serve on the Atlanta-based U.S. appellate court was confirmed Wednesday by an overwhelming margin that said much about the way the Senate operates these days.

Despite strong support from both parties, including tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the Senate had to break a filibuster to confirm U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan by a 94-5 vote.

The one-time clerk to now-retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is the newest member of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit covers Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Murder suspect seeks jail transfer

ATHENS, GA. — A man accused of killing an Athens-Clarke police officer complained to a judge about jail conditions.

Jamie Hood was in court for a hearing on several motions, including one that requests that he be transferred from the Barrow County Detention Center because he believes he has been treated badly there and also wants to be closer to his lawyers in Atlanta.

Hood is charged with killing Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian on March 22 and with attempting to kill SPO Tony Howard, in addition to killing county employee Kenneth Omari Wray.

District Attorney Ken Mauldin has filed notice to seek the death penalty if Hood is convicted.

Police say rapper had gun at airport

ATLANTA— Police have arrested an Atlanta rapper they say tried to go through an airport security checkpoint with a loaded gun.

Atlanta police say 21-year-old Harold Duncan Jr., of the Atlanta rap group Travis Porter, had a Glock .45-caliber handgun in his carry-on luggage. The Transportation Security Administration says the gun was discovered about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Duncan was being held in Clayton County jail without bond.