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    Former President Donald Trump is reportedly tapping a prominent defense lawyer to help him navigate the Fulton County inquiry. Trump has tapped lawyer Drew Findling, who previously represented several famous rappers, to represent him in the sprawling inquiry, which is investigating whether crimes were committed during the aftermath of the 2020 election, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. TRUMP CONSULTING POWERHOUSE LAWYER DWIGHT THOMAS FOR FULTON COUNTY CASE: REPORT “Drew is a spectacular attorney, and the former president could not have chosen better,” Atlanta criminal attorney Bruce Morris told the news outlet. Findling was the former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a group that seeks to reform "flaws and inequities in the criminal justice system," according to the group's website. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis initiated the 2020 election inquiry last year after audio surfaced of Trump discussing the need to "find" 11,780 votes during a call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Trump has since denied wrongdoing and upheld the call as "perfect." Willis's inquiry has also focused...
    Former President Donald Trump's team has been consulting a high-profile local lawyer to help navigate the Fulton County criminal investigation into some of his associates' actions in the 2020 election. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis confirmed that her team has interacted with Trump's new hire, Dwight Thomas, but declined to elaborate further in an interview with Yahoo News. Thomas is one of the most high-profile lawyers in the region and has nearly four decades of experience in the legal arena. LINDSEY GRAHAM REVIVES CHALLENGE TO GEORGIA ELECTION INQUIRY SUBPOENA "If you hired Dwight Thomas, you are absolutely serious," former prosecutor Clinton Rucker told CBS. "You absolutely believe that you have some exposure and you want to make sure that you have somebody that is skilled enough to not only examine the issues, but you want somebody who ultimately can go in and fight and win." Throughout his career, Thomas has taken up myriad sensitive and fraught cases, having previously represented rapper T.I. in a weapons case and former congressional hopeful Vernon Jones on several...
    (CNN)An Atlanta-area judge said Thursday he will not quash subpoenas for 11 of the "fake electors" who participated in a plan to subvert the Electoral College and are now targets of an ongoing criminal investigation.Judge Robert McBurney of Fulton County Superior Court said he would let the parties work out a framework with the Fulton County District Attorney's Office regarding their appearance before the grand jury and potentially invoking their Fifth Amendment rights. "I will not be quashing any of the subpoenas," McBurney said during a motion hearing. "I'm going to let the parties develop the framework they want to use as we go forward," he continued, adding that "It may be that the witnesses have very brief appearances in front of the grand jury."Court documents filed late Tuesday revealed that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis had informed all 16 of the individuals who signed an "unofficial electoral certificate" that was ultimately sent to the National Archives in late 2020 they may be indicted in her probe.Willis' office informed lawyers for those fake electors that the status change from...
    KIM Kardashian has shared her support for rapper Gunna who was arrested alongside Young Thug and 26 others on gang-related charges months ago. The social media star wrote "#FreeGunna" on her Instagram story as the imprisoned Atlanta rapper is facing accusations of being involved in alleged gang activity. 1Kim Kardashian has voiced her support for rapper Gunna who is in prison after being arrested on May 11Credit: Getty Gunna was arrested on May 11, 2022, on charges of participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the state's RICO Act. The 56-count indictment runs a whopping 88 pages long, according to The New York Times. "It does not matter what your notoriety is or what your fame is," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in a statement, via Fox5 Atlanta. "If you come to Fulton County, Georgia and you commit crimes - and certainly if those crimes are in furtherance of a street gang - then you will become a target and focus of this district attorney's office and we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law." This...
    The body of a 32-year-old Georgia man has been missing for over three years after a medical examiner tried to ship the human remains through FedEx.  Jeffrey Merriweather's body was found partially decomposed in Atlanta in 2019, prompting the medical examiner to ship it to a special trauma lab in St. Louis. The body, however, never arrived at its destination, according to the company. Three years later, Merriweather's remains are still nowhere to be found, and FedEx has not been able to provide a location for the body.  On Thursday, after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a story about Merriweather on Twitter — and tagged the company in the post — FedEx responded with what seemed to be a bot, tweeting, 'This is not the experience we want to provide. I am very sorry for the pending delivery. Please send a direct message, I would be happy to assist.' Jeffrey Merriweather was found dead behind an Atlanta house at age 32. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office attempted to ship Merriweather's remains to a lab in St. Louis, but three years later,...
    Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” that his hat is off to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis because she is investigating former President Donald Trump’s action after the 2020 election “very aggressively.” Anchor Lawrence O’Donnell said, “Now you already had your Georgia hearing. It feels like a month ago. It was a matter of a couple of weeks ago. The Georgia hearing with Brad Raffensperger, who we know is a witness in the grand jury in Georgia. Today, we get a flood of subpoenas for that grand jury, including for United States Senator Lindsey Graham. What did you see in that? Did you see a pattern in those subpoenas that went out today?” Schiff said, “Yes, the Fulton County district attorney, hats off to her, it’s pursuing this very aggressively, the fake elector plot, the attempt to interfere with the secretary of state’s office, with the secretary of state in particular. The calls, the urging, the false claims of fraud, the false presentation about that video that took place at the State Farm Arena...
    A Georgia teen was arrested last week after allegedly threatening to kill Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat and his wife over the arrests of rapper Young Thug and 27 other gang members involved in a mass indictment operation, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday. Eighteen-year-old Quartavius Mender was charged on May 26 with 23 counts of felony terroristic threats directed toward Labat, his wife, and an Atlanta school district police chief, the Associated Press (AP) reported. The alleged death threats were made in the “comments of Instagram posts of Sheriff Pat Labat, the Gwinnett County Sheriff, the Fulton Clerk, and more,” Fox 5 noted. According to officials, Mender demanded the release of Young Thug and other Young Slime Life (YSL) gang members, who had been arrested on racketeering charges. Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, is the alleged head of YSL, according to the Atlanta Constitutional-Journal. The arrest warrants reviewed by the Journal indicate that Mender said to the sheriff online, “#freethug or Imma sh00t u and your wife.” The teen allegedly commented again on Labat’s Instagram page hours later, writing, “Imma...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia officials have arrested an 18-year-old who they say threatened online to kill a sheriff and his wife over the arrest of rappers Young Thug and Gunna and others. Fulton County Sheriff Patrick Labat, alleged to be the target of the threats, announced the arrest Friday. Quartavius Mender was booked into the Fulton County jail last week on 23 counts of making terroristic threats, records show. He’s being held without bail. It’s unclear if Mender has a lawyer to speak for him. Local news outlets report Mender threatened to kill Labat, his wife Jacki and the Atlanta school district’s police chief on various social media pages if they did not release Young Thug, whose legal name is Jeffery Williams. “#freethug or Imma sh00t u and your wife,” Mender wrote, according to arrest warrants reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He allegedly wrote on the sheriff’s Instagram page a second time hours later, saying, “Imma assassinate you.” Among the 28 people charged in the racketeering indictment is Tenquarius Mender. It was not immediately clear Friday if he and Quartavius...
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Tuesday announced that it will work in conjunction with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office to help prevent youth violence during the summer. The agencies “launched the second annual Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Credible Messenger Youth Summer Violence Intervention (the ‘Summer Mentorship Program’) at the Atlanta Police Foundation’s At-Promise Center,” according to a press release. “Last summer’s intensive mentoring efforts yielded a success rate of nearly 90%,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan in the release. “This type of structured and deliberate engagement is proven to decrease recidivism and bolsters community safety. We are pleased to partner with community leaders, law enforcement and families to support these youth, get them connected to college and career resources, and keep them actively engaged for the summer.” The program aims to mentor 10 juveniles aged 14 to 17 who are on either juvenile or adult probation, with the goal being to help those juveniles avoid recidivism. “Through 10 hours of mentor engagement per week, youth will participate in support forums, career readiness training,...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Attorneys for Young Thug, who was arrested this week under an indictment accusing him of co-founding a violent street gang, filed an emergency motion Friday seeking bond for the Atlanta rapper, calling his jail conditions “inhumane.” The performer, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested Monday at his Atlanta home. He’s one of 28 people indicted in Georgia’s Fulton County on racketeering charges. Prosecutors say the gang committed multiple murders and shootings over roughly a decade. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the bond motion was filed Friday. In it, Young Thug’s lawyer, Brian Steel, said his client has spent the past four days in isolation “as if he is a forgotten person alone in the world,” according to that and other local news outlet reports. The motion contended that overhead light is kept on 24 hours a day, preventing Williams from sleeping, the newspaper reported. Williams’ attorneys also said he is being served “inedible” food, and hasn’t been given the opportunity to exercise, shower or interact with anyone other than his lawyers. Williams remains...
    A special grand jury has been selected for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis's inquiry into 2020 election interference in Georgia that involves former President Donald Trump. Some 23 jurors were chosen along with three alternates by Fulton Superior Court Judge Robert C.I. McBurney, who administered an oath, clearing the way for Willis to begin procuring subpoenas and ramp up one of the most high-profile investigations in the country. "This group will simply be receiving information, testimony, documents, and ultimately issuing a report that will go on me and to the district attorney, and my colleagues on this bench, where you recommend, recommend what should come next in the district attorney's investigation. She's already underway in the investigation," McBurney said during Monday's hearing, per CNN. GEORGIA PROSECUTORS COMMENCE GRAND JURY SELECTION PROCESS FOR TRUMP INQUIRY Throughout the two-hour process, McBurney questioned the would-be jurors about whether they harbored preconceived notions about whether a crime transpired. He whittled a pool of 200 candidates down to 26. Willis, a Democrat, attended the hearing and made brief remarks...
    By Anna Maria Basquez JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Two missing teenagers stole one of their parents’ cars and are nearing 10 hours missing, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies say. Investigators say the two girls are considered runaways and neither are driving age. (credit: Jefferson County) “We’re doing the routine things we do when we have runaway juveniles – call their friends and check places they frequent,” said Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “This one could put public in danger. You’ve got a 13 year old and a 14 year old and somebody is driving a vehicle.” The sheriff’s office says 13-year-old Kylie Judish stole a parent’s 2018 black Kia Sorento with a  license plate of 903 WBT from the 4600 block of S. Quail Street. Officials believe they disappeared between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. (credit: Jefferson County) Anyone who sees the teenagers or the vehicle is asked to call 911. “If people know her, they’ll know where she might be and where to look,” Fulton told CBS4.
    A Georgia high school coach was suspended after a physical confrontation with a student allegedly armed with a gun — and now he's considering legal action. According to local reporting from Fox 5 Atlanta, Tri-Cities High School Coach Kenneth Miller was in an Aug. 20 confrontation with a female student. The unnamed student is alleged to have brought a gun to school. According to the report, she knocked Miller's phone to the ground, and then things became physical. Miller grabbed the girl, reportedly fearing for his safety. Officials said they later found a loaded gun with her belongings. Coach Miller located another gun on campus that day, according to the report. He was then suspended, but he argues that he was defending himself. His attorneys claim the Fulton County School District's suspension violates his constitutional rights. STACEY ABRAMS DENIED PUSH TO USE UNLIMITED CONTRIBUTIONS IN GEORGIA GOVERNOR RACE According to the report, Miller's conduct was found to be unprofessional and in violation of the Fulton County Board of Education Policy and Georgia...
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    Fulton County Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis photographed in her office on Jan. 4, 2022.Ben Gray | AP Atlanta's top prosecutor asked the FBI to conduct a security assessment and provide protection for a courthouse and government center a day after former President Donald Trump called on supporters to hold "the biggest protests we've ever had" in places where he is being investigated. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is investigating Trump for possible criminal interference in Georgia's 2020 presidential election contest, said in a letter to the FBI that "security concerns were escalated this weekend by the rhetoric of former President Trump." The reality TV star-turned-politician spoke at a rally Saturday in Conroe, Texas. "We must work together to keep the public safe and ensure that we do not have a tragedy in Atlanta similar to what happened at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021," Willis wrote in her letter Sunday to the special agent in charge of the FBI's Atlanta field office. On Jan. 6 that year, a mob of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol...
    The Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney is asking for the FBI’s help with security, after Donald Trump targeted her in his speech at a Texas rally on Saturday. ”These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people. They're racists and they're very sick—they're mentally sick,” Trump said, referring to multiple investigations he faces. “They're going after me without any protection of my rights from the Supreme Court or most other courts. In reality, they're not after me, they're after you.” Fulton County DA Fani Willis is specifically investigating Trump’s January 2, 2021 call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, asking him to “find” the 11,780 votes needed to overturn the election in Georgia, so she is definitely after Trump, not his supporters who were not involved in that phone call. Trump did not name the prosecutors he was referring to, but he made his meaning clear by naming their locations. “If these radical, vicious, racist prosecutors do anything wrong or illegal, I hope we are going to have in this country the biggest protests we have ever had in Washington, D.C., in New York,...
    (CNN)The Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney is asking for the FBI's help in providing security for buildings and staff one day after former President Donald Trump called prosecutors investigating him "racists" and said his supporters should hold "the biggest protests we have ever had" in cities like Atlanta if the prosecutors "do anything wrong or illegal."DA Fani Willis and her office are investigating Trump for his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results in Georgia. A special grand jury will be seated as part of that investigation on May 2.At a rally in Conroe, Texas, Saturday night, Trump, without naming them, railed against Willis plus New York Attorney General Letitia James and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg Jr., who are investigating his business empire, calling them "racists." The three are Black. Trump provided no evidence of racial discrimination."These prosecutors are vicious, horrible people. They're racists and they're very sick -- they're mentally sick," he said. "They're going after me without any protection of my rights from the Supreme Court or most other courts. In reality, they're not after me,...
    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was granted her request to a special grand jury investigation for the pressure campaign against Georgia officials after the 2020 general election. The proceeding will commence on May 2, 2022, and won't exceed 12 months, the court documents say. The Fulton County D.A.\u2019s request for a special grand jury, to aide its investigation into Trump and election interference, has been granted.pic.twitter.com/E5oUVEIyix — Graham Kates (@Graham Kates) 1643060241 University of Alabama law professor and former federal prosecutor Joyce White Vance explained that the grand jury will have the power to compel the production of documents that previous witnesses may have been unwilling to hand over. It takes a very long time to summon a grand jury, she explained CNN legal analyst Elie Honig explained that the information that is in the public sphere should have been enough to summon the grand jury but he said that she's been spending the past year doing her own investigation to make the case that there was fraud in the attempt to overthrow the election. He explained...
    (CNN)An Atlanta-area district attorney investigating former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Georgia will be allowed to seat a special grand jury this spring.Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested last week to seat a special grand jury starting May 2. Fulton County Superior Court judges approved the request on Monday.The special grand jury will allow Willis to seat a panel entirely focused on gathering evidence in the Trump investigation. She said she needed such a grand jury in order to issue subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify and to gather additional evidence.Willis has said she expects to decide on whether to bring charges against Trump in the first half of 2022.This story is breaking and will be updated.
                 Georgia gubernatorial candidate David Perdue on Thursday proposed creating what he called an Election Law Enforcement Division that would investigate alleged violations of the state’s election laws. Perdue, in a statement, said Election Law Enforcement Division officers would have the authority to make arrests. Perdue spokeswoman Jenni Sweat told The Georgia Star News on Thursday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) would oversee this Election Law Enforcement Division. “It would be staffed with full-time Georgia Bureau of Investigation members. It would be a law enforcement unit focused on enforcing the laws that are on the books and making sure that we restore confidence in our elections,” Sweat said. “This whole thing is really about transparency and accountability and making sure that we follow the laws that are on the books and carry through with that.” Perdue, in an emailed press release, said he wants election results independently audited — before certification. Last month Perdue and another Georgia resident cited fraud in Fulton County’s 2020 elections and filed a suit seeking greater election transparency. They requested access to...
                 The Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, a division within the Georgia Attorney General’s office, indicted four Fulton County individuals on multiple trafficking and cruelty to children charges. Two individuals, Raphel Olivia Sewer and Jody Netter, were charged with human trafficking and cruelty to children in the first degree. Netter also faces charges of rape and statutory rape. Additionally, Courdale Thayer and Jahaundria Seabron were indicted on human trafficking, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and cruelty to children in the first degree. “Our office is committed to protecting all Georgians, and we will continue to stand up for our state’s most vulnerable citizens by fighting back against human trafficking,” said Attorney General Carr. “From our investigators to our attorneys, our Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit works cases from beginning to end to ensure those in danger are recovered and those responsible are held accountable. Securing the indictments brings us one step closer to seeking justice for the victim, and we look forward to presenting these cases in court.” All four individuals face a maximum of multiple life sentences, if convicted of the...
    An Illinois mother who is charged with murdering her five-month-old daughter had allegedly searched online for ways to 'get rid' of a child, just weeks before the girl died from blunt force trauma to the head. Joslynn Graham, 23, was charged over the weekend with first degree murder in the death of her daughter Emery Lyons at her home in Canton on October 7. At a bond hearing Tuesday, prosecutors said that the mom's phone had been used multiple times to search for 'ways to get rid of your child', according to WEEK25.  Witnesses also told detectives that the young mother had 'expressed frustration with the child' in recent weeks, the court heard. An autopsy revealed that Emery died of blunt force trauma, and had multiple contusions on her head and face.  Joslynn Graham, pictured, was charged over the weekend with first degree murder in the October 7 death of her daughter Emery Lyons  Either Graham or the baby's father dialed 911 on October 7, and first responders reported the infant wasn't breathing when they responded to the home.  Despite 'lengthy efforts'...
    Two Fulton County, Georgia, workers were fired Friday after allegations surfaced that they shredded voter registration applications over the last two week. Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger called for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate in a Monday statement. “After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “The Department of Justice needs to take a long look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance.” “The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures,” he added. Secretary Raffensperger Calls on Department of Justice to Investigate Allegations of Fulton County Shredding Applicationshttps://t.co/qpOSwL1BYd pic.twitter.com/c7acJresBh — GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) October 11, 2021 Two unidentified workers allegedly shredded 300 municipal election-related ballots prior to the election, Fulton County Registration & Elections Director Richard Barron announced Monday. A preliminary investigation found employees might have checked the applications out for processing but rather than fully processing them, the...
    Two elections officials in Fulton County, Georgia, were fired Friday after they allegedly shredded voter registration forms. The county announced Monday that the pair of employees were reported by a colleague to a superior for allegedly shredding voter registration applications received within the last two weeks. They were fired the same day, and the Fulton County Election Commission reported the incident to Georgia’s secretary of state. GEORGIA JUDGE ASKS 2020 ELECTION INVESTIGATORS FOR FINDINGS ON FRAUDULENT BALLOTS The employees allegedly checked out the files for processing but shredded some of the forms instead, according to a statement from Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron. "Elections are the most important function of our government," said Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts. "We have committed to transparency and integrity." Georgia Secretary of State Ben Raffensperger put the number of shredded ballots at 300 and called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate Fulton County. “After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the...
                        Eleven months after the November 3, 2020 election, a review of transfer forms provided to The Georgia Star News in response to an open records request reveals that the Secretary of State’s office in Georgia is missing chain of custody documents for 6,995 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in Fulton County during the November 2020 election. The number of absentee ballots for which the office has no evidence of the origination of the ballots represents nine percent of the 79,460 total that Fulton County has recorded as being deposited into drop boxes during the more than month-long early voting and Election Day period. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, certified the results of the November 3, 2020 election–which gave Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes to Joe Biden by a margin of 12,670 votes out of 5 million votes cast–on November 20, 2020 without having seen or reviewed the chain of custody documents associated with an estimated 600,000 absentee ballots deposited in 300 drop boxes around...
                        A comparison of chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited into drop boxes during the November 2020 election made available separately by Georgia Public Broadcasting News (GPB News) and the Georgia secretary of state revealed that GPB News received documentation for 4,800 more dropbox absentee ballots from Fulton County than Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The number of absentee ballots documented in the chain of custody documents GPB News has versus those the secretary of state has represented six percent of the total 79,460 Fulton County indicated were deposited into drop boxes during the November 2020 election. GPB News first made the drop box absentee ballot transfer forms available via a shared Google Drive named “Fulton Ballot Transfer Forms – Google Drive,” the link for which was included in a June 23 story by Stephen Fowler, “Here’s A Look At Fulton County’s Absentee Drop Box Use.” The documents were reportedly obtained from Fulton County after The Georgia Star News’ story “Fulton County Election Official Admits Chain of...
    A Georgia judge asked state officials to update his court on current investigations into allegations that counterfeit ballots were cast in the populous Fulton County during the 2020 election . Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero, who oversees the lawsuit filed by voters against members of the county's elections board, requested information from state election investigators and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation about any findings up to this point. They have 20 days to respond. “It is important to me that we know whether or not counterfeit ballots have been introduced into the mix,” Amero said in a court hearing on Monday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ELECTION REFORM GROUP SEEKS BAN ON DOMINION VOTING TECHNOLOGY IN GEORGIA The months-old lawsuit is based on allegations by a pair of Republican election auditors who claimed they reviewed “pristine” absentee ballots containing perfectly filled-in ovals during a review in November, according to the outlet. Republican ballot counters also claimed some absentee ballots had no folds, purportedly showing they were not put into absentee envelopes. Garland...
    A former lobbyist for Stacey Abrams’ nonprofit elections organization Fair Fight Action was named chairwoman of the elections board of Georgia’s largest county Wednesday. Cathy Woolard, a former Atlanta City Council President and mayoral candidate, was elected chairwoman of the Fulton County elections board by the county’s Board of Commissioners in a 4-2 vote, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported. Her nomination was panned by Republicans, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who are concerned by her connections to Abrams. Woolard began lobbying for Fair Fight Action in February 2021, receiving more than $10,000 to do so. She terminated her contract with the group on Sept. 13 and is marked inactive as a lobbyist by Georgia’s government transparency commission. She also registered to lobby for multiple gun control groups and Planned Parenthood affiliates. Woolard did not spend any money lobbying for Fair Fight, according to her filings with the state of Georgia. Her contract with Fair Fight expired shortly before she was confirmed to the elections board, a spokesman for the organization said, according to AJC. “All she really did was...
    A Georgia district attorney will seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing eight at three spas in March. Robert Aaron Long pleaded guilty to killing four people at a spa in Cherokee County, Georgia, the first spa Long allegedly visited during his rampage throughout the Atlanta area that left eight dead, Fox News reported. Under this plea, Long was given four life sentences without parole plus another 35 years. When Long’s attorney reached out to District Attorney Fani Willis to strike a possible plea deal, Willis informed the defense attorney she would be seeking the death penalty, according to Fox News. Willis believes Long targeted the women working at these three spas in the Atlanta area because of their gender and race, and will also be seeking a sentence enhancement for Long under Georgia’s hate crime laws, Fox News noted. Prosecutor to seek hate crime charges, death penalty against Robert Aaron Long in massage parlor shootingshttps://t.co/R5A6fpwKoK pic.twitter.com/qoPnAL3Hxn — The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 11, 2021 Long had a hearing in Fulton County Superior Court Monday morning,...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia State Board of Elections plans to appoint a review panel this week as part of a process that could lead to a takeover of elections in the state’s most populous county under a provision in the state’s sweeping new election law. Republican lawmakers cited the new law when they asked the state board last month to appoint the performance review board to investigate Fulton County’s handling of elections. The board plans to appoint the panel during its meeting Wednesday. The heavily Democratic county includes most of the city of Atlanta and is home to about 11% of the state’s active registered voters. Former President Donald Trump fixated on the county after his narrow loss last year in Georgia, pushing unfounded claims of fraud as evidence the election was stolen from him. The GOP lawmakers seeking the review say they are concerned about sloppiness in the administration of the county’s elections and want a review board to assess whether local officials have been complying with state voting laws and regulations. Democrats and voting rights activists have...
                        Fulton County election officials have failed to meet a second response date they set to provide The Georgia Star News with complete chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited into drop boxes during the November 3, 2020, general election. For a third time, Fulton County has extended its response date, this time to August 6, 2021. Fulton County’s communication about the third extension comes more than eight months and five follow-up requests after The Star News filed an initial open records request on December 1, 2020, for the drop box transfer forms that document the critical chain of custody of absentee ballots deposited in 37 drop boxes installed throughout Fulton County for the 41 days of the November 2020 election period. On August 2, at 11:36:42 A.M. Fulton County Legal Assistant Shana Eatmon emailed The Star News, “Please allow an extension to Friday, August 6, as we continue ot [sic] to work with Registration & elections for response.” The August 2 email from Eatmon follows one from...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Georgia have started a process that could lead to a takeover of elections in the state’s most populous county. Many in the GOP continue to claim wrongdoing in reliably Democratic Fulton County had stolen the 2020 election from Donald Trump, even though an independent monitor found no evidence of fraud or impropriety. Lawmakers are using a tool created by the state’s sweeping new election law to exert influence over local elections. Democrats and voting rights advocates decry the takeover provision as an invitation for political interference. The county, with about 11% of the state’s electorate, includes most of the city of Atlanta. But Fulton County has been plagued with problems for years and Republicans say it’s time for answers. State House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones and four other GOP state representatives whose districts include parts of Fulton submitted a letter Friday to the State Election Board demanding a performance review of the county’s board of registration and elections. “I wrote the letter as a representative of constituents who have expressed concerns over...
    Georgia Republicans requested a performance review of the top elections official in Fulton County, the first step toward a possible state takeover of Atlanta-area voting contests. A group of two dozen lawmakers signed a letter, obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, seeking the inquiry into Fulton elections chief Richard Barron, who is facing backlash for his handling of the 2020 election in the Democratic stronghold. “We’re asking them to simply correct a record they say is easily corrected. Is it or isn’t it? The people of Georgia deserve answers,” Republican Senate President Pro Tempore Butch Miller wrote in the letter. Under a Georgia law approved this year, the State Election Board can remove county elections management after a performance review or a similar investigation if they find "nonfeasance, malfeasance, or gross negligence in the administration of the elections" in at least two elections within two years, after which a temporary superintendent would be installed. But first, two state representatives and two state senators from the county must back the request for the performance review. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ESCALATES WARNING TO STATES OVER...
    Georgia’s speaker of the House has called for an “independent investigation” into the 2020 presidential election in Fulton County. Speaker David Ralston made the demand in a Thursday letter to Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron in which he called for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to get involved to “determine if any irregularities or willful fraud occurred.” "Recently, media reports have surfaced which call into question the way in which Fulton County conducted, counted and audited the November 2020 Presidential Election," Ralston wrote. "Given the seriousness of this situation and the possible repercussions for our state and nation, it is time we have an independent investigation – once and for all – of the way in which Fulton County conducted, counted and audited the November 2020 Presidential Election." GEORGIA LEGISLATOR SEEKS INVESTIGATION INTO RAFFENSPERGER OVER 2020 ELECTION 'FAILURES' President Joe Biden won the state by roughly 12,000 votes approximately eight months ago, a tally affirmed in multiple recounts and certified by the state, however, former President Donald Trump and his allies insist there was widespread election fraud in the...
                        Fulton County officials have failed to meet the extended response date they set for providing The Georgia Star News with complete chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited into drop boxes during the November 3, 2020, general election. More than seven months and five follow-up requests after The Star News filed an initial open records request on December 1, 2020, Fulton County Legal Assistant Shana Eatmon said they needed until July 15, to provide the requested documents. On July 12, 2021 at 10:41 a.m., an email from Fulton County Legal Assistant Shana Eatmon apologized for the lack of response to The Star News’ open records request and extended the request to Thursday, July 15. However, as of Friday, July 16 at 5 p.m. ET, after the close of business for the week, Fulton County failed to respond or provide the requested documents to The Star News. Fulton County’s Public Records Center portal for open records requests shows that The Star News’ request is still “In Progress.” This...
                        Robb Pitts, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, sent a letter to Georgia House of Representative Speaker David Ralston claiming that all counties within the state should be investigated for potential fraud. “If you are requesting that Fulton County be the subject of such an investigation, then I believe it would only be fair that all counties with issues be subject to investigation,” Pitts wrote in his letter to Speaker Ralston. Chairman Pitts has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by Fulton County — instead insisting that the amount of scrutiny placed on Fulton County is the reason for the consistent irregularities. In the letter, Pitts argued the problems presented in Fulton County have appeared throughout the state, saying those counties “had issues in their elections and finding ballots not included in the initial tabulation.” The response from Pitts comes after Speaker Ralston recommended the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) examine the potential issues that have occurred within the county. Numerous reports from The Georgia Star News have...
                        Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Thursday called for two of the top elections officials in Fulton County to be fired after numerous mistakes in the election process have been discovered. “Fulton County’s continued failures have gone on long enough with no accountability. Rick Barron and Ralph Jones, Fulton’s registration chief, must be fired and removed from Fulton’s elections leadership immediately. Fulton’s voters and the people of Georgia deserve better,” Raffensperger said in a tweet. Fulton County’s continued failures have gone on long enough with no accountability. Rick Barron and Ralph Jones, Fulton’s registration chief, must be fired and removed from Fulton’s elections leadership immediately. Fulton’s voters and the people of Georgia deserve better. — GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) July 15, 2021 The statement from Raffensperger follows a revelation that ballots were scanned multiple times in the recount that followed the November 2020 election. Further, VoterGa and Garland Favorito, organizers of the lawsuit asking for an audit of the ballots, alleged that of 1,539 batch...
    Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger on Thursday called for two Fulton County officials to be removed from their posts. Raffensperger said that Fulton County Election Director Rick Barron and Registration Director Ralph Jones, had to be fired and removed immediately. “Fulton County’s continued failures have gone on long enough with no accountability. Rick Barron and Ralph Jones, Fulton’s registration chief, must be fired and removed from Fulton’s elections leadership immediately. Fulton’s voters and the people of Georgia deserve better,” Raffensperger tweeted.  Fulton County’s continued failures have gone on long enough with no accountability. Rick Barron and Ralph Jones, Fulton’s registration chief, must be fired and removed from Fulton’s elections leadership immediately. Fulton’s voters and the people of Georgia deserve better.— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) July 15, 2021The tweet from Raffensperger comes after reports that elections officials in Fulton County had initially scanned about 200 ballots twice before a recount of the presidential election last fall, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution.  President BidenJoe BidenAlabama military base orders troops to show vaccination proof amid increased COVID-19 cases...
    Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch on Friday tore into a Minnesota county for trying to force an Amish community to install septic systems in their homes against their religious beliefs, citing the court's recent high-profile decision in a religious liberty case as a major precedent. Gorsuch made the comments in a statement regarding the case, Mast v. Fillmore County.  The court vacated and remanded the previous ruling against the Amish community in the case, saying that lower courts should pay close attention to Fulton v. Philadelphia, which the justices decided last month. In that case, the court unanimously ruled Philadelphia could not exclude a Catholic adoption agency from its foster program just because the agency does not place children with gay couples.  In Mast, Fillmore County and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sought to use environmental regulations to force a Swartzentruber Amish community to install septic systems for the disposal of its gray water – that is, water after it's been used for bathing, washing clothes or in sinks.  A Swartzentruber Amish buggy heads along Winter Road on...
                        Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed The Star News Network’s Senior Reporter Laura Baigert to the newsmakers line to discuss her recent story regarding the investigation and request into chain of custody documents from Fulton County, Georgia’s Board of Registration and Elections Board. Leahy: On our newsmaker line now, Tennessee Star, Star News Network, The Georgia Star News ace reporter Laura Baigert. Good morning, Laura. Baigert: Good morning, Michael. How are you today? Leahy: Well, you know, it’s been a very busy week for you, hasn’t it? Baigert: Well, for all of us. (Laughter) Leahy: So the big news was a week ago Monday you had a groundbreaking story and tell us what you discovered in that story. And then I will follow the chain of events from that story. Baigert: For six months, we’ve been trying to get the chain of...
    A new investigation into the handling of ballots in Fulton County, Georgia, during the 2020 election has added fresh fuel to the national debate over the need for voting reform. Georgia’s secretary of state announced on Monday that his office had opened a review of allegations that key documents related to ballot drop boxes in Fulton County had gone missing, prompting a victory lap from some conservatives who have long promoted conspiracy theories about voter fraud in Georgia. “New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as we have with other counties that failed to follow Georgia rules and regulations regarding drop boxes,” Brad Raffensperger said Monday. “This cannot continue.” GEORGIA INVESTIGATING FULTON COUNTY DROP BOX FORMS FROM 2020 ELECTION Georgia allowed the use of ballot drop boxes for the first time in 2020 in order to accommodate public health concerns amid the pandemic. Republican state lawmakers included a permanent authorization for drop boxes in the election reform bill they passed earlier this year; however, Democrats were unhappy with...
    Washington (CNN)Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has opened an investigation into Fulton County for allegedly violating state rules "requiring absentee ballot drop box transfer forms to be filled out," his office confirmed to CNN on Monday. A source with knowledge of the investigation cautioned to CNN that the probe "does not have any implications about fraudulent or missing ballots in Fulton any more than it meant that in the other smaller, more conservative counties," saying: "To be clear, we're investigating a rule violation" in Fulton County. In confirming the probe, the Georgia secretary of state's office noted it had "announced similar investigations in Coffee, Grady, and Taylor counties a few months ago.""Restoring confidence in our elections is going to be impossible as long as Fulton County's elections leadership continues to fail the voters of Fulton County and the voters of Georgia. They need new leadership to step up and take charge," Raffensperger wrote in a tweet on Monday. "New revelations that Fulton County is unable to produce all ballot drop box transfer documents will be investigated thoroughly, as...
                        In a stunning admission about the critical chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited into drop boxes in the November 3, 2020 election, a Fulton County election official told The Georgia Star News on Wednesday that “a few forms are missing” and that “some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.” A Star News analysis of drop box ballot transfer forms for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes provided by Fulton County in response to an Open Records Request showed that 385 transfer forms out of an estimated 1,565 transfer forms Fulton County said should have been provided are missing – a number that is significantly greater than “a few” by any objective standard. On Sunday, The Star News published a story which included the files containing digital images of the 1,180 transfer forms that Fulton County did provide. Those digital images can be viewed here. This is the first time that any election official at either the state or county level from a key battleground state has...
    Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal May 22, 2021 0 Comments A Georgia judge ruled Friday that 145,000 absentee ballots submitted in Fulton County in November’s general election can be unsealed. “Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero made clear the ballots must remain in the custody of Fulton election officials,” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “The details and timing of the review must still be determined. But the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the county want to scan and examine the ballots to determine whether they are legitimate,” the outlet added. At a hearing in March, Amero said, “We want to do this in such a way that dispels rumors and disinformation and sheds light.” The suit to gain access to the ballots was brought by Garland Favorito, a voting integrity advocate with VoterGA. Favorito “says county workers likely fabricated ballots and counted some ballots multiple times on election night,” and the lawsuit cited a video of the counting and sworn statements from observers, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. State Farm Arena in Fulton County is the location poll watchers...
                        Six months after the November 2020 election and after failing on two occasions to produce complete chain of custody documents for absentee ballot drop boxes, the Fulton County Registration and Elections officials advise that “more time is needed.” Fulton County’s reply to The Georgia Star News came as a response to a follow-up on previously-supplied records related the transfer forms that document the critical chain of custody for absentee ballots deposited over a 41-day voting period in 37 drop boxes placed throughout Fulton County. Although the State Election Board Emergency Rule 83-1-14-0.8-.14 passed by the State Election Board at their July 1, 2020, meeting circumvented state law, it set out requirements for a transfer form to document absentee ballots delivered by voters to drop boxes. Such forms are required to include the date, time, location and number of ballots collected as well as the names and signatures of the two-person drop box ballot collection team. The Star News made an initial open records request for the transfer forms...
    Absentee ballots in the 2020 Presidential election can be unsealed and examined for fraud in the state of Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero announced Friday that nearly 145,000 Fulton County absentee ballots could be unsealed for review and legitimacy, according to the report. Judge Amero noted that the ballots must remain in the custody of Fulton county officials while the review takes place. The review process can not undo the outcome of the election results, as Georgia certified the results of the 2020 Presidential election in November. Plaintiffs argued that the latest review of ballots was to further investigate possible suspicious activity by election officials, according to the AJC. (RELATED: Officials Agree To Remove Dead People From Voting Lists In Pennsylvania) Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts told the AJC Amero’s decision to unseal the ballots was “outrageous.” “It is outrageous that Fulton County continues to be a target of those who cannot accept the results from last year’s election. The votes have been counted multiple times, including a hand recount,...
    The absentee ballots cast during the 2020 election in Fulton County, Georgia, can be unsealed and examined for fraud, a judge ruled Friday. Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled in favor of Garland Favorito, among other plaintiffs, who filed a lawsuit following the November election. The ballots must remain in the custody of local election officials, the judge said. 'SOMETHING BAD HAPPENED': RECORDING OF TRUMP CALL TO GEORGIA INVESTIGATOR REVEALED The ruling cannot change the outcome of the 2020 election, which was certified and confirmed by multiple recounts, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican who drew criticism from his party for not going along with former President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud, welcomed the news of another tally check. “From day one I have encouraged Georgians with concerns about the election in their counties to pursue those claims through legal avenues,” he said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “Fulton County has a long-standing history of election mismanagement that has understandably weakened voters’ faith in its system. Allowing this audit provides...
                        Fulton County election officials provided two different versions of 34 completed critical chain of custody documents for absentee ballot drop boxes from the November 2020 election. Shockingly, the documents Fulton County provided later, have less information on them indicating that they were produced earlier in time. The documents were provided by Fulton County in two separate responses–one in January and one in May– to open records requests made by The Georgia Star News, which remain incomplete even six months after the election, The Star News reported. In December, The Star News made an open records request that Fulton County produce copies of all transfer forms documenting the chain of custody in the transfer of absentee ballots that were deposited in drop boxes to the county registrar during the November 2020 election. The absentee ballot drop box transfer forms are a requirement of the State Election Board Emergency Rule 183-1-14-1.8-.14 adopted on July 1, 2020. On January 22, Fulton County officials responded with two PDF files with names that...
                        Six months after the November 3, 2020 election, Fulton County has failed to produce complete chain of custody documents for 18,901 vote-by-mail absentee ballots deposited by voters into drop boxes. The Fulton County missing documentation is a little more than five percent of the estimated 333,000 vote-by-mail absentee ballots cast in the November 3, 2020 general election for which chain of custody documentation is still missing. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has refused to collect, count, and verify the chain of custody documentation associated with an estimated 600,000 absentee vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes in the 2020 general election. Instead, Raffensperger has said it is a county responsibility. The Georgia Star News has filed Open Records Requests with all 159 counties in the state to obtain this documentation and report on it to the public. Joe Biden was certified as the winner of Georgia’s 16 electoral college votes by a margin of less than 12,000 votes out of 5 million cast, 1.3 million of...
    Loading the player... Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband are under investigation for allegedly filing tax exemptions for two separate homes in different counties, which is a violation of Georgia law. WSB-TV reported that 2020 Georgia state tax records unearthed by investigative reporter Justin Gray revealed the couple was receiving a large tax break on their homes. A homestead exemption provides up to a $2,000 exemption from county and school taxes, according to Newsweek. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on February 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House voted 230 to 199 on Friday evening to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from committee assignments over her remarks about QAnon and other conspiracy theories. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Both residences, one located in Fulton County and the other in Floyd County, violate the law that only allows one residential address for a homestead exemption. Read More: Oklahoma governor booted from Tulsa Race Massacre commission “The property owners filed for homestead exemption in Fulton County in...
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