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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  • 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

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014