Several Georgia democratic congressmen and civil rights groups are pressuring President Obama to rescind his nominations for the federal district court of Northern Georgia. Reverend Joseph Lowery, Congressman John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian say the nominations for the Northern Georgia District bench lack diversity. The civil rights leaders also say nominee Mark Cohen worked to support Georgia’s Voter ID laws, which they say are an effort to suppress minority voting.
A federal judge says the Navy can build a $100 million offshore training range for submarine warfare despite environmentalists' concerns that it would threaten endangered right whales. A US District Judge ruled the Navy took a "hard look" before concluding risks to whales would be minimal off the coast of southern Georgia and northern Florida.
Two Georgia men accused of plotting terror attacks on government employees and civilians have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in federal court. The men were arrested after months of surveillance by an undercover informant.
Officials from seven Georgia counties served by a federal courthouse in Dublin have signed a joint resolution in an effort to keep the facility open. The city’s court facility is one of 60 around the country and five in Georgia the Justice Department is considering for closure.
The federal government is considering closing up to 60 court sites across the country as part of an effort to cut costs, and the list includes five courthouses in Athens, Dublin, Statesboro, Waycross and Valdosta.
The state attorney general's office says the state has filed a notice of appeal of a federal judge's ruling that blocked parts of the Georgia law cracking down on illegal immigration from taking effect. The official appeal has not yet been filed with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 11th Circuit filing will include a brief that will lay out the state's objections to the ruling.