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Jun 07, 2016 The Supreme Court Is Afraid of Racial Justice

QUOTE: 40 years ago Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided a pivotal case on race and equality whose legacy has profoundly shaped American race relations...The case, Washington v. Davis, involved the constitutionality of Test 21....a long American tradition — from grandfather clauses to literacy tests — of seemingly race-neutral measures functioning in a discriminatory manner. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that Test 21’s grossly disproportionate impact on minority applicants violated the Equal Protection Clause. But when the case reached the Supreme Court, the justices disagreed.

New York Times
Mar 05, 2015 How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work

QUOTE: employers are now paying the lowest rates for workers’ comp than at any time since the 1970s. Nonetheless, dozens of legislatures have changed their workers’ comp laws, often citing the need to compete with neighboring states and be more attractive to business. The changes have forced injured workers’ families and taxpayers “to subsidize the vast majority of the lost income and medical care costs generated by these conditions”...

May 16, 2011 In Georgia, Court Ruling Could Close Some Charter Schools

QUOTE: In a 4-to-3 decision, the Georgia [Supreme--Ed.] court struck down a law empowering a special statewide commission to approve and finance charter schools even over the objections of local school boards.

New York Times
Jun 30, 2010 Black Landowners Fight to Reclaim Georgia Home

QUOTE: n 1942, Harris Neck, a thriving community of black landowners who hunted, farmed and gathered oysters, was taken by the federal government to build an airstrip. Now, the elders — who remember barefoot childhoods spent climbing trees and waking to watch the Canada geese depart in formation — want to know why they cannot have it back.

New York Times
May 14, 2010 Student’s Arrest Tests Immigration Policy

QUOTE: after protests by Latino groups, demonstrations at the Georgia Capitol by her sorority sisters and a letter of support from the university’s president, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency granted a one-year deferral on her deportation so she could finish college. The “deferred action” means she could still be deported, but will be allowed to apply for an extension next year.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2010 Civil rights-era killings yield secrets to FBI probe

QUOTE: Three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful. Investigators say they have solved most of the mysteries behind the cases, but few will result in indictments, given the passage of decades, the deaths of prime suspects and the challenge of gathering evidence.

Washington Post
Dec 22, 2008 Police to get training after head-scarf wearer's arrest

QUOTE: The Douglasville Police Department said Monday its officers will undergo "sensitivity and cultural diversity training" after a Muslim woman who refused to remove her head scarf at a courthouse was jailed.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 16, 2008 In Georgia, Push to End Unanimity for Execution

QUOTE: three jurors shocked the legal community here by failing to agree with nine others on a death sentence and therefore, under Georgia law, sparing Mr. Nichols from execution....Georgia legislators have began lining up to introduce bills eliminating the requirement that juries be unanimous for a death sentence. Hard-on-crime lawmakers have long favored easier rules on death sentencing...

New York Times
Jul 03, 2008 Georgia Bars Insurance Firm Over Violations

QUOTE: Regulators in Georgia have barred a California company from doing business in their state, saying it violated rules adopted in 2007 to prevent the sale of misleading or unsuitable life insurance policies to military personnel.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2008 New evidence collected in 1946 lynching case

QUOTE: On July 25, 1946, two black sharecropper couples were shot hundreds of times and the unborn baby of one of the women cut out with a knife at the Moore's Ford Bridge. One of the men had been accused of stabbing a white man 11 days earlier and was bailed out of jail by a former Ku Klux Klan member and known bootlegger who drove him, his wife, her brother and his wife to the bridge. The FBI statement said investigators were following up on information recently received in the case, one of several the agency has revived in an effort to close decades-old cases from the civil rights era and before.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 07, 2008 As Executions Resume, So Do Questions of Fairness

QUOTE: fresh questions about whether states are supplying capital-murder defendants with adequate counsel, even as an execution on Tuesday night in Georgia ended a seven-month national suspension. In all three cases, North Carolina appeals courts found that evidence that would have favored the defendants was withheld from defense lawyers...

New York Times
Nov 27, 2007 Atlanta Hospital Moves to Unburden Itself of Debt

QUOTE: Advocates for patients have warned that the hospital would become less responsive to community needs if it was operated by a less political board. But with few other options and Grady’s fiscal condition worsening, the authority felt it had little choice.

New York Times
Oct 12, 2007 Crackdown Upends Slaughterhouse’s Work Force

QUOTE: Across the country, the federal effort to flush out illegal immigrants is having major effects on workers and employers alike. Some companies have reluctantly raised wages to attract new workers following raids at their plants.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2007 Execution Of Ga. Man Near Despite Recantations: Some Witnesses Now Say He Is Innocent

QUOTE: A Georgia man is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Tuesday… even though the case against him has withered in recent years as most of the key witnesses at his trial have recanted and in some cases said they lied under pressure from police.

Washington Post
Jun 11, 2007 Judge Throws Out Sentence in Teen Sex Case

QUOTE: A Georgia Superior Court judge today ordered the release of Genarlow Wilson, who has served two years of 10-year prison sentence for having consensual oral sex with another teenager at a party when he was 17.

New York Times
Oct 03, 2006 Crackdown on immigrants empties a town and hardens views

QUOTE: As federal, state, and local officials crack down on illegal immigrants across the country, attitudes continue to harden among those who want them to stay and those who want them to go. In places like Stillmore, Ga., Arkadelphia, Ark., and Charlotte, N.C., raids and crackdowns have uncorked a phenomenon for those left behind: a sense of moral confusion about mass roundups and midnight raids.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 20, 2006 Georgia Law Requiring Voters to Show Photo ID Is Thrown Out: Judge Says Some Would Be Disenfranchised; State Plans Appeal

QUOTE: A state judge yesterday rejected a Georgia law requiring voters to show government-issued photo identification...the law, pushed by Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) to fight voter fraud, violates the state constitution because it disenfranchises citizens who are otherwise qualified to vote.

Washington Post
Aug 22, 2006 With bulk of Katrina evacuees, Texans begin to feel burden: A year after the hurricane, Houston complains about their persistent joblessness. State officials plea for federal help

QUOTE: Indeed, in Houston and other cities affected by the relocation, some officials are beginning to reassess the financial implications of their generosity over the past year. Their conclusion: The federal government should continue to support the state and municipalities where evacuee numbers remain high because many are still not on their feet almost a year after the storm.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 10, 2006 Voter Suppression in Missouri

QUOTE: Missouri’s new ID rules — and similar ones adopted last year in Indiana and Georgia — are intended to deter voting by blacks, poor people and other groups that are less likely to have driver’s licenses.

New York Times
Jul 08, 2006 Judge Blocks Requirement in Georgia for Voter ID

QUOTE: For the second time, a judge has blocked a Republican-sponsored effort to require Georgia voters to present government-issued photo identification cards before they can cast a ballot.The judge...said the requirement violated the State Constitution by placing an undue burden on the fundamental right to vote.

New York Times
May 03, 2006 Hill Impasse Spurs State Action on Immigration

QUOTE: For the most part, the new state measures are designed to get tough on illegal immigrants, on employers who give them jobs and on state officials who give them benefits...At the same time, though, some states are moving in the other direction -- making life easier for immigrants, legal or otherwise.

Washington Post
Feb 18, 2006 Drama of Ex-Mayor Plays Out in Atlanta Courtroom: Campbell, Once Seen as Heir to Pioneering Black Politicians, Now Fights Federal Racketeering Charges

QUOTE: When he was first elected in 1993, William C. Campbell looked every bit the new black leader, polished in stylish suits, beguiling with a razor-sharp mind, and casting himself as an updated version of trailblazing mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young. Now, Campbell, 52, stands alone -- in the worst possible way. He is the city's first mayor in recent memory to become embroiled in a major federal racketeering trial...

Washington Post
Nov 10, 2005 Court Hears Paraplegic Inmate's Case

QUOTE: The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday about whether states should have to pay damages if they fail to accommodate disabled prison inmates, hearing from a paraplegic Georgia prisoner who alleges his maximum-security cell is so small he is unable to turn his wheelchair or use the toilet.

Washington Post
Nov 09, 2005 Justices Hear Home-Search Case

QUOTE: ...the Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whom the police should have heeded that July day in 2001 -- the husband who did not want them to enter his house or the wife, who did. The court's ruling could have implications for police in the many instances in which they must deal with two or more quarreling occupants of a place officers want to search.

Washington Post
Sep 17, 2005 Beware Shenanigans In Settlement Fees

QUOTE: In effect, sales agents who steered the greatest number of their clients to the brokerage's title affiliate received extra compensation compared with sales agents who made no such efforts.

Washington Post
Jul 18, 2004 Getting in the zone: Citizens need to stay on top of planning issues to guide neighborhood development.

QUOTE: The best tool communities have to manage the development of their neighborhoods is understanding and keeping track of zoning. The earlier property owners raise questions about zoning, the better chance they have of influencing the outcome.

Savannah Morning News
Jun 29, 2004 How Baseball Does Business: Angelos, Selig Last Men Standing in D.C.'s Way

QUOTE: ...Selig plans to decide if the Expos will be moved to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia or one of five other areas. The decision will be the culmination of a process shrouded in secrecy and entirely consistent with Selig's highly personal management of Major League Baseball -- a style sanctioned by the sport's unique antitrust exemption.

Washington Post
Feb 17, 2003 Residents fight utilities' power: Lobby opposes state's eminent domain rules.

QUOTE: ...she doesn't want to stop power companies from meeting the growing demand for electricity, she just wants to prevent them from using eminent domain to run roughshod over small property owners.

Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville)
Feb 10, 2003 Flaggers won't give up Confederate emblem: Rejecting the new in Georgia

QUOTE: ...politicians decided in 2001 that the Confederate emblem was the new governor, Republican Sonny Perdue, is paying his respects, promising flaggers that he'll hold a citizen referendum, perhaps this year, to help decide what flag should fly o'er the Georgia sky.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Dec 30, 2002 A Ban on Hate, or Heritage? Ga. School Divided Over Confederate-Themed Shirts

QUOTE: officials prohibited shirts featuring the [Confederate--Ed.] battle flag in response to complaints from two African American families...a new generation's fashion choices raise questions about where historical pride ends and racial insult begins.

Washington Post
Aug 13, 2002 A Long Road of Broken Promises for Black Farmers: USDA Fights Claims After Landmark Deal

QUOTE: ...many thousand other farmers have had their claims rejected, the totals of payouts and forgiven loans are far short of what was projected, and the battling almost every claim filed.

Washington Post
May 13, 2002 Who Gets the Death Penalty?

QUOTE: It is becoming ever more obvious that whether or not you get the death penalty depends a great deal more on who you are than what you did.

New York Times
Oct 06, 2001 Supreme Court of Georgia Voids Use of Electrocution

QUOTE: Georgia's Supreme Court became the first appellate court in the country today to rule that electrocution is an unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment...

New York Times