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Life Imprisonment for Woman That Tortured and Murdered Client

Posted by on September 1, 2015

After leaving a southeast Atlanta client to die bound and gagged on the bathroom floor of his apartment, Tamieka Gamble, a 38-year-old prostitute, has been sentenced to life in prison. Police found the 64-year-old Edward Jowers dead in his Atlanta apartment on August 9th, 2010. Prosecutors of criminal law stated that Tamieka Gamble and her… Continue Reading

Trivial arrests compound problems for urban job seekers.

Posted by on September 1, 2015

BALTIMORE — For Tayvon Wiggins, applying for a job brings almost certain disappointment. “I go through the interview process, but as soon as they check my background, I can’t pass it,” the West Baltimore man said. He has been convicted of minor traffic violations but believes the real problem stems from other arrests that remain… Continue Reading

“A Country called Prison” Mass Incarceration and the making of a new nation

Posted by on August 31, 2015

Mary Looman and John Carl’s thesis is straightforward: The human population embroiled within America’s criminal justice system is so large, the geographic space it occupies so vast, and the social processes it undergoes so distinctive, that it has produced a cultural heritage all its own. As such, the masses entering, occupying, and cycling out of… Continue Reading

Cobb Judge Blasted Prosecutor Over Ex-Judge’s Short-Lived Indictment

Posted by on August 30, 2015

A Cobb County judge scolded a special prosecutor who secured the indictment last week of a former DeKalb County judge only to ask for its dismissal in favor of a civil resolution, suggesting that the prosecutor’s actions were “pretty close” to criminal. Before signing an order Monday dismissing the four-day-old indictment of retired DeKalb Superior… Continue Reading

More “Safety”: The FDA Targets Vegan Mayonnaise, claims it violates Federal Mayonnaise Law

Posted by on August 29, 2015

Once again proving itself more national busybody than necessary defender of consumer safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on potentially misleading mayonnaise labeling. Specifically, the agency objects to Hampton Creek vegan mayonnaise, a condiment that mimics traditional mayonnaise without using egg yolks. In a warning letter sent to Hampton Creek… Continue Reading

Hackers based in Iran used text message and phone-based phishing to try to get around the security of Google’s Gmail.

Posted by on August 28, 2015

Researchers have linked a sophisticated hacking scheme targeting Iranian dissidents back to Iran. A report released Thursday by the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs describes how the hackers used text message and phone-based phishing to try to get around the security of Google’s Gmail and access the accounts… Continue Reading

Ex-Judge Becker: Commission was looking for a trophy and bagged her

Posted by on August 27, 2015

For a while the bizarre prospect loomed that former trial Judge Cynthia Becker might spend more time in jail than Crawford Lewis, the accused corrupt ex-school chief. It wouldn’t have been hard because Lewis, DeKalb County’s semi-convicted former school superintendent, has spent only four days behind bars. Becker faced a whole lot more than that… Continue Reading

Rutgers Bias Prevention & Education Committee to Students: No Such Thing as Free Speech, We Are Watching You

Posted by on August 26, 2015

Rutgers University students, you are being watched. That appears to be the message a Rutgers.edu web page would like the campus community to absorb. The web page is maintained by the Bias Prevention & Education Committee, which chillingly warns students that there is “no such thing as free speech,” and to “think before you speak.”… Continue Reading

Attorney Dies: Woman Fighting for Her Settlement

Posted by on August 25, 2015

When a DeKalb County attorney died back in 2013, a number of the clients have struggled to access their settlement money. Because Georgia does not have laws that require succession plans for attorneys when they die, this is the aftermath. When Monica Williams won her $12,000 settlement due to a car accident, money needed for… Continue Reading

Police secretly track cellphones to solve routine crimes

Posted by on August 25, 2015

BALTIMORE — The crime itself was ordinary: Someone smashed the back window of a parked car one evening and ran off with a cellphone. What was unusual was how the police hunted the thief. Detectives did it by secretly using one of the government’s most powerful phone surveillance tools — capable of intercepting data from… Continue Reading

Americans take down French train terrorist…save the French….again

Posted by on August 24, 2015

A Kalashnikov assault weapon with nine magazines of ammunition, a Luger automatic pistol with extra ammo and a box cutter were carried by the man who attempted to attack a packed high-speed passenger train, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Saturday. With that kind of firepower, a massacre might have occurred if three American friends… Continue Reading

Dublin airport seizes toddler’s ‘Despicable Me’ fart gun over security concerns

Posted by on August 23, 2015

A mom traveling with her 3-year-old son from the UK to Ireland was a bit shocked to have her son’s “Despicable Me” fart gun confiscated as they made their way through airport security. The security officer – who even admitted his own child has a similar fart blaster at home – explained to the mother… Continue Reading

Attorney’s for reality tv star released public defenders appointed

Posted by on August 22, 2015

A year in jail appears to have worn on former ‘Sons of Guns’ reality TV star Will Hayden, who was in court Thursday (Aug. 20) in downtown Baton Rouge for a short hearing related to multiple rape charges against him. The 50-year-old founder of Red Jacket Firearms, who looked fit on the Discovery Chanel TV… Continue Reading

Nicholson mayor charged with felony theft for paving of dirt road using tax money

Posted by on August 21, 2015

The mayor of Nicholson, GA was released from the Jackson County Jail Wednesday after posting a $10,000 bond on a felony theft charge alleging he used tax money to pave a private road. But the investigation into Mayor Ronnie Maxwell’s spending habits isn’t over, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. After Maxwell was charged… Continue Reading

Ohio trooper advertised ‘traffic stop sex’ on Craigslist

Posted by on August 20, 2015

COLUMBUS (AP) — A state trooper accused of forcing female motorists into sexual acts in exchange for dropping traffic charges used Craigslist to offer “traffic stop sex,” according to records released Monday that highlight the women’s fear of reporting him. Trooper Bryan Lee also sent multiple Facebook messages to a female passenger he photographed without… Continue Reading

Subway pitchman Jared Fogle reportedly prepared to plead guilty to child porn charges.

Posted by on August 19, 2015

Former Subway sandwich chain pitchman Jared Fogle is expected to plead guilty to charges of possessing child pornography, Indianapolis TV station Fox59 reported on Tuesday. Fogle will accept a plea deal, the station reported, citing unidentified sources. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will hold a news conference on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the deal and charges… Continue Reading

21 Arrested in Sting Operation

Posted by on August 18, 2015

During a state and local undercover investigation known as Operation Mayday, 21 people were arrested and indicted for attempting to solicit sex with children. Individuals who have been named in the indictment will return to court, and the grand jury will be arraigned at the start of August 24th. Operation Mayday began in May. The… Continue Reading

Chattahoochee River polluter fined $10 million

Posted by on August 18, 2015

A U.S. District Court judge, in one of the largest clean water fines in recent Georgia history, ordered an Atlanta manufacturer of parking lot sealant to pay $10 million for polluting the Chattahoochee River. American Sealcoat Manufacturing LLC, which appears to have halted business at its factory near Six Flags Over Georgia in unincorporated Fulton… Continue Reading

Charlotte, SC Church welcomes new members “Smith” and “Wesson”.

Posted by on August 17, 2015

CHARLOTTE — Recent shootings across the country have reopened the longstanding debate over gun control, and now one Charlotte pastor says she plans to arm herself. The Rev. Brenda Stevenson is the lead pastor of New Outreach Christian Church in North Charlotte. It’s a small congregation that is about to make a big statement. “We… Continue Reading

AT&T Helped N.S.A. Spy on an Array of Internet Traffic

Posted by on August 16, 2015

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that… Continue Reading

Already “gun free zones” IKEA’s Response to Violent Migrants: Stop Selling Knives

Posted by on August 15, 2015

The IKEA superstore near Stockholm which witnessed a double murder this week by Eritrean asylum seekers has responded by ending the sale of kitchen knives in-store, and the government has stepped up its policing at asylum-lodgings to defend against a backlash. The response of the Swedish authorities to the ‘stabbings’ which killed what is reported… Continue Reading

Well, Duh: Why Sarcastic People Are Actually Proven To Be Smarter

Posted by on August 14, 2015

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been called a “smart ass” over my years of existence, I’d probably be sipping montrachet off the coast of Saint-Tropez right now, instead of writing this piece. That title never really offended me, though; I’m a sarcastic piece of sh*t, I say it proudly [cue B-Rabbit… Continue Reading

Athens, GA Popeyes employee sentenced for robbery in which manager was pistol-whipped

Posted by on August 13, 2015

An employee of an Athens, Georgia Popeyes received a 30-year sentence last week for his role in a robbery last year in which the restaurant’s manager was pistol-whipped and forced into a freezer. Christopher Andrew Brown, 29, will have to serve the first 10 years of that sentence in prison and the balance on probation…. Continue Reading

Educators and open records….is email private if it relates to work?

Posted by on August 12, 2015

The University of Illinois System is reforming how it deals with open records requests in light of administrators withholding emails sent from personal accounts, but legal experts and open government advocates say what the university needs is a culture change. On Friday, the university announced a three-month investigation determined administrators failed to provide hundreds of… Continue Reading

Man Killed at Hyatt Hotel Shooting outside Atlanta

Posted by on August 11, 2015

In connection to the shooting death of Franklin Jones, 32, police arrested Tito Ivey, 35, on murder charges. Ivey sits in a DeKalb County jail awaiting trial. At 3 am on Sunday, witnesses saw Jones acting erratic by the pool of the Hyatt Hotel on Mall Ring Road. Jones died in the hallway of the… Continue Reading

A White House staffer threatened her boyfriend with a gun-facing domestic violence charges.

Posted by on August 11, 2015

A White House staffer threatened her boyfriend, a U.S. Capitol Police officer, with his own weapon during an argument, according to police. According to charging documents, Barvetta Singletary sent her boyfriend a text on Friday, asking him to come to her Upper Marlboro home for sex. After they had sex, Singletary confronted her boyfriend about… Continue Reading

Again……in Ferguson

Posted by on August 10, 2015

FERGUSON, Mo. — St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger declared a state of emergency Monday after Ferguson protests on the anniversary of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer turned violent overnight. “In light of last night’s violence and unrest in the city of Ferguson, and the potential for harm to persons… Continue Reading

Court Rules Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking Violates Fourth Amendment

Posted by on August 9, 2015

A divided appellate court panel in Richmond, Virginia, ruled on Wednesday that citizens do not give up their privacy rights just because their mobile-phone providers know where to reach them. The decision is the strongest assertion of the Fourth Amendment rights of mobile phone users out of three appellate court decisions on the matter, setting… Continue Reading

Candidate for Nashville Mayor Takes a Shot at Atlanta

Posted by on August 8, 2015

Nashville in the midst of a heated mayoral race, and at least one candidate has stooped to airing commercials that bash The Big Peach. The camp of Republican hopeful David Fox is behind an ad that smears Atlanta and warns Nashvillans that, without sufficient leadership, they’ll end up mired in traffic and perpetually morose. In… Continue Reading

Drone drops drugs into prison surprising no one who has been paying attention.

Posted by on August 7, 2015

It’s not the first time a drone’s been used to drop contraband into a prison yard and you can bet your payload-ready DJI Phantom 3 Professional quadcopter it won’t be the last. The latest incident, which as you’ll discover caused quite a ruckus among the inmates, took place at the at the Mansfield Correctional Institution… Continue Reading