Originally created 10/03/04

Across Georgia



Black lawyer's suit against IRS fails

COLUMBUS - A black lawyer's legal attempt to stop the Internal Revenue Service from taxing blacks because he says they have been denied basic rights has failed.

A federal judge ruled that William Wright's lawsuit challenging the federal tax code has no merit.

Mr. Wright, a 64-year-old lawyer in Columbus, sued the IRS and federal government in May, seeking a refund and a halt to tax collections from other black citizens in the United States.

He argued that the tax code applies to "citizens and aliens," but can't be applied to blacks because they are neither citizen nor alien "by reason of the denial of basic rights of citizenship."

Man found innocent in stabbing death

DECATUR - A man accused of fatally stabbing his drug dealer has been acquitted of murder charges.

A DeKalb County jury found Ross Deadwyler, 37, not guilty of murder and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Mr. Deadwyler claimed that he was defending himself when he fatally stabbed his cocaine supplier, Alonzo Smith, more than 30 times Nov. 4, 2003.

Mr. Deadwyler testified that he would let Mr. Smith use his car in exchange for cocaine but had refused that night, even after he took cocaine from him.

Teens plead guilty to vehicular homicide

LAWRENCEVILLE - Two Gwinnett County teenagers accused of drag racing and causing the death of a 17-year-old boy have pleaded guilty.

Stephen Carter, 19, of Loganville, pleaded guilty to felony hit and run, misdemeanor racing and misdemeanor vehicular homicide. Paul Copeland, 18, of Snellville, pleaded guilty to felony vehicular homicide.

Superior Court Judge Debra Turner sentenced both to four years in prison.

15 students found to have tuberculosis

CUMMING - Fifteen students at Forsyth Central High School have tested positive for tuberculosis in preliminary tests, conducted after an 11th-grader was diagnosed with the condition earlier last month.

Despite testing positive, none had shown signs of the disease being active or contagious, said Dr. Melody Stancil, the district public health director.

The students will receive X-ray examinations to verify the presence of TB this week.

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