July 17, 2013

Charles Oliver: Officials’ conduct suspicious in Texas

David Wells, an investigator with the Polk County, Texas, district attorney’s office, knew something was wrong when he saw a judge texting an assistant district attorney during a trial last year. Judge Elizabeth Coker had suggested a possible line of questioning in the case, which she was presiding over. Wells reported what he saw to his boss, District Attorney Lee Hori. It isn’t exactly clear what Hori did. He says he handled the matter administratively, but he also says he did not suspend the assistant district attorney, Kaycee Jones. Jones was elected a judge herself in November. Now, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct and the State Bar Association are investigating both Coker and Jones.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has barred former Oklahoma County district attorney Robert Bradley Miller from practicing law for 180 days for misconduct in two capital murder cases. Miller did not tell defense attorneys that a key witness in the trials had received a deal from his office in another case in return for his testimony. Miller also withheld other exculpatory information from the defense and used fake subpoenas to force two minors to become witnesses in the trials. Two men spent 16 years in prison after being convicted in those trials before a federal judge threw out their convictions. The state bar association had recommended that Miller be disbarred, but the court chose a lesser punishment.

Five towns in Connecticut have agreed to pay $3.5 million to the family of Gonzalo Guizan. Guizan was shot to death five years ago in a friend’s home in Easton during a raid by a joint special weapons and tactics team. Guizan was unarmed. In fact, police found no firearms in the house.

As a member of the European Parliament, Marine Le Pen had immunity from many types of prosecution. That blocked prosecutors from charging her with inciting racism for comparing the sight of Muslims praying in the streets of Paris to the Nazi occupation of France. So Parliament members held a secret vote to remove her immunity. Le Pen made the remarks that got her in trouble three years ago, but no one seemed to care until her party gathered 18 percent of the vote last year in the first round of France’s presidential election.

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  • Tax holiday weekend is perfect time to shop

    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

    July 30, 2014

  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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