Criminal Justice

Viral video, tight community prolong search for impartial jurors in Arbery case

BY: - October 29, 2021

BRUNSWICK —The selection of jurors for the trial of three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery will present a puzzle for at least a third week, as the prosecutor and defense screen jurors very familiar with a viral video of his killing and often carry small-town personal connections and biases. At the end of the […]

Supreme Court gets case challenging arrests of lawmakers at state Capitol

BY: - October 27, 2021

The ACLU of Georgia and other activist groups are weighing in on a state Supreme Court case involving the 2018 arrest of U.S. Rep. Nikema Williams that could shape the rights of Georgians to protest under the state Capitol. At issue is state code barring anyone from “recklessly or knowingly to commit any act which […]

Arbery background ruled off limits, but spilled on Glynn County Court page

BY: - October 20, 2021

The second day of jury selection in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery continued Tuesday with jurors questioned about court filings on the Glynn County Court’s website that include documents ruled inadmissible revealing Arbery’s brushes with the law and his mental health history. At least two jurors admitted Tuesday accessing some of the court documents […]

Race permeates day one of jury selection in trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s accused killers

BY: and - October 19, 2021

The difficult and time-consuming process of selecting impartial jurors who will decide the fate of the three white men accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery began Monday in a case that is bringing national attention to racial justice in the South. Arbery was a 25-year-old Black man who was jogging through a suburban Brunswick neighborhood on […]

Brunswick braces for national spotlight, demonstrations as trial in Ahmaud Arbery’s death set to start

BY: - October 13, 2021

When jury selection begins Monday in the trial of three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, the Transformative Justice Coalition is expecting up to 100 people to show up in support of the Arbery family as Glynn County comes under a withering national spotlight. The justice coalition is busing people to coastal Georgia to […]

Huge uptick in pandemic ‘air rage’ hits flight attendants, Delta bans 1,600

BY: - September 23, 2021

Flight attendants have been subject to unprecedented harassment over masks and more during the pandemic, and a U.S. House panel on Thursday heard the raw details of those “air rage” incidents. While there’s no hard data, the leader of the flight attendants’ union said the most aggression appears to occur in Southern states where there’s […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

Justice Department investigates Georgia prisons over inmate deaths, LGBT attacks

BY: - September 14, 2021

A new federal civil rights investigation is looking into prisoner deaths, rampant violence and abuse of gay, lesbian, and transgender people held in Georgia prisons. Civil rights organizations that have pushed for federal intervention in Georgia’s prisons welcomed Tuesday’s announcement that the Department of Justice has launched a probe into a correctional system where murders […]

Will state and business crime crackdown efforts undo Georgia’s new justice reforms?

BY: - September 8, 2021

Updated 9:15 a.m. Sept. 8 with comment from the Greater Georgia Black Chamber of Commerce. If Gov. Brian Kemp persists with his tough-on-crime plans during an anticipated special session late this fall, powerful business lobbyists with statewide sway will likely have his back in spite of  corporate diversity pushes that followed Georgia’s recent criminal justice […]

Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees

BY: - September 3, 2021

WASHINGTON—Prison inmates in Georgia and around the U.S. are getting the chance to do something that was almost unheard of a generation ago: pursue a college degree while behind bars and with financial support from the federal government. Inmates in 42 states and Washington, D.C., can now get federal grants to work with colleges and […]

Grand jury indicts Brunswick DA for violating duty in Ahmaud Arbery case

BY: - September 2, 2021

A Glynn County grand jury has indicted a former Brunswick district attorney for accusations that she hindered the investigation into the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. Attorney General Chris Carr announced Thursday afternoon that former Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Lee Johnson has been charged with violating the oath of public office and obstruction […]

Top Georgia leaders pitch plans to tap state treasury to spend on police

BY: - July 22, 2021

The sharp uptick in violent crime around Atlanta is prompting state leaders to create new ways to pay for more police officers on the streets and provide other resources for law enforcement. Republican Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan Thursday said he would ask the General Assembly to create a $250 million tax credit program for donations […]