Criminal Justice

How might law enforcement use digital tracking to to enforce Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law?

BY: - August 30, 2022

“Are we starting it today?” “We can if u want the one will stop the hormones” “OK” “Ya the 1 pill stops the hormones an rhen (sic) u gotta wait 24 HR 2 take the other” “OK” “Remember we burn the evidence” “Yep” Those Facebook messages are part of the evidence against a Nebraska mother […]

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene targeted in swatting for second night in a row, police say

BY: - August 25, 2022

For the second night in a row, armed police showed up at the Rome house of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene Thursday after an anonymous caller made a false report of a dangerous situation. According to a Rome Police Department report, officers were contacted shortly before 3 a.m. from an internet suicide prevention chat about a […]

Transgender connection to Marjorie Taylor Greene swatting call unclear as police investigate

BY: - August 24, 2022

Rome Police officers responded to the home of Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a false report of a shooting. Nobody was injured in the incident. Officers are calling it an attempted swatting, a harassment technique where the perpetrator attempts to summon a large number of armed police to a […]

McMichaels get federal life sentence for hate crime in Arbery killing

BY: - August 8, 2022

At the federal courthouse in Brunswick Monday, U.S. District Judge Lisa G. Wood used an even-tempered and soft voice to express her indignation for three men convicted in Coastal Georgia’s most notorious hate crime: the racially charged murder of Ahmaud Arbery. “A young man is dead,” Wood said at the sentencing hearing for Travis and […]

U.S. House passes ban on assault weapons after spate of gun violence

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a ban on semi-automatic firearms — the weapons used in multiple mass shootings during the last three months — on a near party-line vote. With the 217-213 vote, the bill, H.R. 1808, will head to the evenly divided Senate, but it’s unlikely to advance there, as the ban would […]

‘Stunning, long-term failures’ found in probe of Atlanta penitentiary

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. senators on a Homeland Security panel on Tuesday detailed years of abuse at U.S. Penitentiary Atlanta that the committee found in an unreleased bipartisan investigation. “The evidence the Subcommittee has secured to date reveals stunning long-term failures of federal prison administration that likely contributed to loss of life, jeopardized the health and safety of […]

‘Defund the police’ slogan and anti-cop violence debated at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - July 26, 2022

Republicans on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and law enforcement witnesses at a Tuesday hearing blamed recent violence against officers on anti-police rhetoric, while Democrats distanced themselves from the “defund the police” slogan and said an oversupply of guns made law enforcement jobs more dangerous. Republicans on the panel raised complaints about general attitudes toward […]

U.S. House panel advances assault weapons ban on party-line vote

BY: - July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee late Wednesday passed legislation that would ban certain semi-automatic weapons, in a renewed push to ban the guns most commonly used in recent mass shootings. The party-line 25-18 vote followed recent mass shootings in which AR-15 style rifles were used — in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and […]

If Georgia’s strict anti-abortion law takes effect, uneven prosecutions could follow

BY: - July 18, 2022

With Roe vs. Wade a thing of the past and Georgia expected to enact its 2019 fetal personhood law any day now, women seeking abortions are set to enter unknown legal territory. The law expands the concept of personhood to recognize an unborn child as a human being after about six weeks of pregnancy, meaning […]

Failed GOP governor candidate cheers ‘satanic’ Georgia Guidestones blast

BY: - July 7, 2022

ELBERTON – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an explosion that destroyed much of the Georgia Guidestones, a quirky granite monument in Elberton near the South Carolina border. Sometimes called “America’s Stonehenge,” the guidestones consisted of several large, upright stone blocks built in alignment with stars and constellations and weighing in at 119 tons […]

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

BY: - June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. In a 65-33 vote, the bill, comprised of eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the Senate’s bill 234-193, […]

Shootings hot topic in Columbus during state’s school safety conference

BY: - June 24, 2022

COLUMBUS – The 2022 Georgia School Safety and Homeland Security Conference started like a normal work conference with handshakes and backslaps as more than 700 law enforcement officers and others who work in school safety gathered in a Columbus ballroom. But the mood quickly turned somber when two large screens at the front of the […]