Originally created 05/25/04

Across Georgia



'60s militant loses slaying case appeal

ATLANTA - Jamil Al-Amin, the 1960s black militant once known as H. Rap Brown, lost a bid in the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday to overturn his conviction for the shooting death of a Fulton County sheriff's deputy four years ago.

In a unanimous decision, the state's highest court said it found no reversible error in the trial that led to his conviction. Mr. Al-Amin's lawyer said he would ask the court to reconsider and would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

Mr. Al-Amin, 60, was convicted in March 2002 of the shooting death of Fulton County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Kinchen, 38.

He was sentenced to life without parole.

Second 17-year-old drowns in Lake Lanier

GAINESVILLE - A teenager drowned while swimming with friends in Lake Lanier - the second drowning there since Friday.

Miguel Angel Cortez, 17, of Gainesville, went under in 11 feet of water Sunday while swimming with a friend back from an island, authorities said.

Ammon Craine, 17, of Suwanee, drowned Friday, going under in 21 feet of water at the McEver Road bridge.

Merger of police, sheriff questioned

MCDONOUGH - A proposal to merge Henry County's police department into the sheriff's office has raised questions about why officials would want to consolidate, rather than expand, law enforcement in the nation's sixth-fastest-growing county.

Some commissioners say the consolidation could save money. But others say the proposal might be racially motivated. A merger would remove the county's first black police chief, Henry W. White Jr., from his post. Commission Vice Chairman Lee Holman said race was not a factor.

Group wants sex offenders in papers

MARIETTA - A child advocacy group says it's not enough that sex offenders are listed in a state registry; it wants their pictures in the newspaper.

"Drunk drivers are in the paper, and what we are trying to do is get sex offenders in the paper," said Gary Mullis, a member of the Georgia Coalition for Children. "I want it to be known that if you go out and molest a child, be ready to be in the spotlight so we can catch them."

Under state law, sex offenders must be listed in a registry kept at all sheriff's offices and on a state Web site.