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Convicted ex-mayor will give up license

ATLANTA --- The Georgia Supreme Court has granted former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell's request to surrender his license to practice law.

Mr. Campbell was convicted last year of tax fraud and sentenced to 30 months in federal prison. He is scheduled to be released in October.

According to state bar rules, Mr. Campbell is in violation of the Georgia rules of professional conduct because he was convicted of a felony.

Police suspect street racing in teen's death

LAWRENCEVILLE --- A 16-year-old boy was killed in a car crash, and authorities say street racing might have been involved.

The teen was a passenger in a Mazda 6 about 7 p.m. Sunday when the car lost control and hit two other vehicles.

Witnesses told police the Mazda and a Honda Accord were speeding on a road when a third car pulled out of a driveway.

The Honda clipped that vehicle and crossed the median into oncoming traffic, Gwinnett County police Cpl. Illana Spellman said. The Mazda, which was traveling behind the Honda, swerved to avoid the first collision and also ended up in oncoming traffic, where it collided head-on with a Kia Sportage, Cpl. Spellman said.

The name of the passenger who died was not immediately released.

High court upholds man's death sentence

ATLANTA --- The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty of a convicted murderer whose lawyer had argued he has "severe organic brain injury" and should not be executed.

In a decision released Monday, the high court unanimously upheld a Floyd County jury's 2005 finding that James Randall Rogers is not mentally retarded and is eligible to be executed.

The U.S. Supreme Court banned the execution of mentally retarded people in 2002 but left it largely up to the states to set their own standards.

Mr. Rogers was convicted and sentenced to death for murdering Grace Perry, his 75-year-old neighbor, by impaling her with a rake handle in 1980.

Student jumps from dorm, escapes arrest

MILLEDGEVILLE --- Police say they are searching for a Georgia College & State University basketball player who jumped from her dorm window to escape arrest.

Campus police Detective Robert Butler said 23-year-old Shakita Martin faces charges of misdemeanor obstruction and felony escape after she ran from officers Thursday night. Campus police tried to arrest Ms. Martin after receiving a tip that she had violated her probation in Columbia County, where she was convicted of credit card fraud.

-- Edited from wire reports


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