Originally created 11/05/04

Across Georgia



Athletics group files motion to dismiss suit

ATHENS - The University of Georgia Athletic Association fired cheerleading coach Marilou Braswell because of her retaliation against a student, not her religious beliefs, the association said in a motion to dismiss Ms. Braswell's civil rights lawsuit against the school.

The motion, along with a supporting brief, were filed in federal court in Atlanta by asso ciation attorney Ed Tolley.

The motion and supporting brief were filed in response to Ms. Braswell's lawsuit against the athletics association and others with the system.

The Aug. 23 firing came two weeks after Ms. Braswell read a statement informing cheerleaders that teammate Jaclyn Steele had made allegations of religious discrimination against her.

Ms. Steele, 21, who is Jewish, had claimed UGA's cheerleading program is wrapped in pervasive Christian overtones.

Former prisoners sue over daily jail fee

HOMERVILLE - Two former prisoners at Clinch County Jail filed a federal lawsuit against the county's practice of charging people $18 a day for room and board while they are incarcerated awaiting trial.

To be released, they have to pay the money or sign an agreement to pay over time. If they fail to make the payments, they can be returned to jail.

The lawsuit contends the southeast Georgia county's sheriff has no authority to charge such fees to people who have yet to be convicted of a crime.

Most of the inmates are too poor to pay the fees, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Valdosta. It seeks class-action status on behalf of all current and former inmates who have had to pay the jail fees.

GBI investigates county's management

COLUMBUS - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating claims that the Muscogee County Municipal Court Marshal's Office has mishandled property and made excessive overtime payments.

Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson confirmed the GBI is looking into the claims.

Nephew's car ends up in family living room

SAVANNAH - The Moore family ended up with a surprise in their living room Wednesday: the family car.

Jackie Moore was sitting in her mother's house watching TV when she heard a boom.

She walked into the living room and saw her nephew's yellow Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.

Her 19-year-old nephew, Elliot Moore Jr., was on his way to the house when another car went whizzing down Staley Avenue and slammed into him. The Ciera went up the Moore family's porch, through the front window and into the dining room table.