The agency's civil rights division filed a statement of interest Friday in Fulton County Superior Court. It urges a judge to find that the constitutional rights of juveniles in the Cordele Judicial Circuit are being violated if adequate legal protections aren't put in place.
Bibb County's Attorney, Virgil Adams, has requested the Department of Justice render a decision about the consolidated Macon/Bibb County elections by Monday. Lawmakers passed local legislation during the 2013 session to change the area’s elections from partisan to non-partisan as voters elect their first consolidated government.
The U.S. Department of Justice said it has entered a settlement agreement with a south Georgia school district to ensure desegregation of the district's faculty and staff. If approved by the court, the consent order would extend another order requiring the district to eliminate racial disparities in how teachers and staff were assigned to the district's schools
The Obama administration has approved new political boundaries in Georgia despite complaints from state Democrats that the maps dilute minority voting strength. The Department of Justice approved the maps for Congress, as well as for the state Senate and House, according to Brian Robinson, a spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal. The redrawn maps were approved by Georgia legislators in a three-week special session in August and Deal quickly signed them into law.
Southeast Georgia's Camden County is back in a federal seized-assets program, three years after the US Justice Department kicked it out. The program shares assets local officials seize when they bust criminals charged in federal courts. The DOJ stopped sharing money with Camden County three years ago after the former Sheriff improperly spent the funds.
Georgians have until Dec. 23 to comment on new state and congressional district maps. The U.S. Department of Justice is in the midst of its 60 day-review of the maps. Voter advocate groups say this may be the last chance to comment before the maps go into effect for a decade.
Governor Nathan Deal's office says the U.S. Department of Justice has signed off on a law passed this year allowing the governor to oust members of school boards. The law is aimed at the troubled Atlanta Public Schools but applies to any district not fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on July 1st. The law would also apply to Coffee County schools.
Black leaders in Georgia are claiming the creation of several cities around Atlanta essentially fences out black voters and creates white majorities. They say that violates the federal Voting Rights Act and they’ve sued the governor to get the cities dissolved.