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Georgia House Speaker Accused of Delaying Court For Clients

Georgia House Speaker Accused of Delaying Court For Clients

ATLANTA (AP) — One of Georgia’s most powerful lawmakers is accused of using his office to delay court cases for criminal defendants he represented as an attorney. An investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV found House Speaker David Ralston asked judges to reschedule court proceedings 57 times over a two-year period. They reported the Republican from Blue Ridge delayed cases for clients charged with child molestation, child cruelty and assault. Georgia law requires judges to reschedule hearings that conflict with legislative duties of attorneys who are lawmakers. Ralston says the law “protects the independence of the legislative branch of state government.” One Ralston client charged with DUI has had his case pending for more than a decade. Another charged with enticing a child for indecent purposes has been awaiting trial since 2009.
Associated Press | February 14, 2019

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Political Rewind: Attorney General Chris Carr on The Future For Stone Mountain

Political Rewind: Attorney General Chris Carr on The Future For Stone Mountain

On this edition of Political Rewind, Republican Attorney General Chris Carr says it’s time to pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at Stone Mountain, a state venue long known as a symbol of Confederate pride.
Bill Nigut | February 15, 2019

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Legislative Day 15 (2/14/19)

Tonight’s show is all about improving the mental health of Georgia’s youth. The governor has a plan to add mental health counselors to Georgia’s public schools, and today he also revealed a new app for smart devices.

Premiere Date: February 14, 2019 | Runtime: 00:30:16

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Want to learn more about the ins and outs of the Georgia General Assembly? Hosted by GPB News’ Stephen Fowler, GPB Education’s new digital miniseries Peach State Politics uncovers the ins and outs of state government by answering your questions! A new video will be posted every Tuesday during the legislative session.

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