March 25, 2014

Charles Oliver: ‘Judge’ experiences contempt of court

• TV’s “Judge” Joe Brown, who is a former Tennessee judge, was sentenced to five days in jail for contempt of court after becoming verbally abusive towards a Memphis juvenile court judge. Brown had come to the court to represent a client in a child support case, but he reportedly became upset when court workers told him that case wasn’t on the agenda that day.

• Lawmakers in the United Kingdom want to know how the entire National Health Service  (NHS) hospital patient database was uploaded onto Google servers outside the country. This is the latest concern that legislators have raised recently about how well the NHS protects patient privacy as the agency pushes forward with a plan that could digitize all of the nation’s health records and make them available to private companies and other government departments.

• Over the 10 years since Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham for setting a house fire that killed his three daughters it has become increasingly evident that the state killed an innocent man. Now, it has come to light that the prosecution may have concealed a deal with a jailhouse informant whose testimony was key to convicting him. Johnny Webb testified that Willingham confessed the whole crime to him. The prosecutor in the case, who went on to become a judge, has always denied cutting any deal with Webb, but attorneys trying to win an exoneration for Willingham recently found a note in the prosecution’s file on Webb saying to change the charge against him to second-degree robbery, not the first-degree robbery he’d initially been charged with, “based on coop in Willingham.”

• California’s Antioch Unified School District has agreed to pay $8 million to settle complaints from the families of eight special needs kindergartners. The families say teacher Theresa Allen-Caulboy held one student to the ground and “gouged his face,” pinched another’s nipples and called him a retard, and hit others with the back of her hand. Allen-Caulboy pleaded guilty to one felony count of child abuse and two misdemeanor counts. She was sentenced to 45 days in county jail and four-and-a-half months home detention.

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  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Guns are already everywhere

    Though it happened over 30 years ago, the image is still vivid.

    July 22, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Former officer works overtime improperly

    Stephen F. Hall has pleaded guilty to theft by deception and falsifying a government record.

    July 22, 2014

  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014