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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    These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.

    April 16, 2014

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    April 15, 2014

  • Misty Watson: When blood sugar drops, anger rises

    It wouldn’t have taken 107 married couples and 21 days to figure out that being hungry makes people angry.

    April 15, 2014

  • Working for the man

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    April 15, 2014

  • Letter: The glib tongue, the fake smile

    A recent Daily Citizen column by Walter Williams will both awaken and frighten any thinking person who claims even a smidgen of knowledge about — or belief in —  either the Bible, world history or current events.

    April 15, 2014

  • College soccer team would bring local talent together

    Dreams of combining the best soccer players from all local high schools into one team finally could come true.

    April 13, 2014

  • Letter: Primaries feature many choices

    Many people are confused this year about the May 20 Election Day. Unfortunately, very few voters in Whitfield County actually go to the polls for a primary election. But this means any increase in participation can have a significant impact.

    April 12, 2014

  • Letter: Hooper for Murray chief magistrate

    Thanks to all the wonderful people and friends who backed me for District 1 Murray County Board of Education. You sure showed a lot of support. Sorry I had to step down due to my and my wife’s health. I am a lot better now.

    April 12, 2014

  • Judicial dispute could have been avoided

    Judicial elections in Whitfield and Murray counties tend to be low key. In fact, we can’t recall the last time an incumbent judge on the Conasauga Superior Court, which cover the two counties, has even faced a challenger.

    April 12, 2014

  • Citizen of the Week: Jonathan Rose

    Running for exercise is a popular hobby among many local residents, but at least one racing enthusiast plans to take his fun a step further today.

    April 11, 2014