Criminal Justice

Frustrated Democrats call for GOP help on federal gun laws after mass school shooting

BY: - May 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday implored Senate Republicans to work with Democrats to pass bipartisan gun control legislation, following a mass school shooting that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Texas. Tuesday’s massacre was the nation’s second-deadliest mass school shooting since another at Sandy Hook Elementary […]

Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other New York […]

Biden issues first pardons and sentencing commutations of his presidency

BY: - April 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday granted clemency to nearly 80 individuals charged with nonviolent crimes and unveiled an administration strategy to help formerly incarcerated people secure employment. Of that list, three were pardons and 75 were commutations, which is a reduction in an individual’s prison sentence. They were the first pardons and commutations […]

Georgia law nixes permit requirement for firearms as gun politics gin up GOP base

BY: - April 13, 2022

The first political event 30-year-old Nick Champion ever attended was Tuesday outside a sporting goods store to see Gov. Brian Kemp officially end a state permit requirement to carry concealed handguns in Georgia. The clock repairman from Douglasville was among the dozens of supporters of the GOP’s so-called constitutional carry bill who gathered at Gable […]

DOJ rule cracks down untraceable firearms known as ‘ghost guns’

BY: - April 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden Monday unveiled the Department of Justice’s plan to regulate untraceable firearms known as ghost guns, as well as announced his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Department of Justice’s final rule bans the business of manufacturing ghost guns, such as “buy build shoot” kits that […]

Georgia House panel advances cash bail bill as clock winds down on 2022 Legislature

BY: - March 31, 2022

With just days left before the state’s 2022 legislative session’s scheduled end Monday, the fate of a bill that would require people accused of felonies to put up cash or property for bail now rests with the Georgia House. On Thursday, Republican members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee advanced a plan […]

Biden lays out a ‘fund the police’ budget plan

BY: - March 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is requesting billions in its fiscal 2023 budget from Congress to fund police departments, despite progressive Democrats’ calls for some of that spending to be reallocated to social services. President Joe Biden’s budget request to Congress unveiled Monday asks for $30 billion for state and local governments to add more […]

Georgia House panel considers bill that aims to require cash bail for felonies

BY: - March 21, 2022

District attorneys, a criminal defense lawyers group, and civil rights advocates on Monday warned a House panel considering a bill that would reshape how bail is handled for felonies that the change could unfairly keep more people locked up in jails who can’t afford bail and leave them unable to access treatment programs. The House […]

Most HBCU bomb threats may be coming from one juvenile, FBI official tells Congress

BY: - March 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — A top FBI official told members of a U.S. House panel on Thursday that the agency believes a single juvenile is behind most of the bomb threats made to more than 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Ryan Young, executive assistant director of the Intelligence Branch at the FBI, said that the bomb […]

Memorials mark anniversary of spa shootings with tributes to victims of ‘hate and fear’

BY: - March 16, 2022

Wednesday marked a somber anniversary for Georgians, especially those with Asian American ancestry. On March 16, 2021, a gunman attacked three Asian American spas in Atlanta and Cherokee County, killing eight people and injuring another. Six of the people killed were Asian American women. The nation mourned along with Georgia as the tragedy came amid […]

Bipartisan effort to reform Georgia’s wrongful conviction compensation process advances

BY: - March 11, 2022

Two decades ago, Kerry Robinson was convicted for a 1993 rape in Moultrie after he was falsely implicated by one of the actual perpetrators and a state forensic analyst. Robinson, 46, spent nearly the next 18 years of his life in a Georgia prison until he was exonerated with DNA evidence in 2020. Robinson is […]

A year after Jan. 6, attack on the U.S. Capitol lives on in hundreds of court cases

BY: - March 7, 2022

On the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021, four men affiliated with the Kansas City chapter of the right-wing Proud Boys gathered on the west side of the U.S. Capitol, along with thousands of others urged on by then-President Donald Trump. The crowd pushed ahead and overwhelmed the few Capitol Police officers guarding the entrance, toppling […]