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Georgia child welfare agency defensive after Ossoff Senate panel reports neglect and exploitation

The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services is critiqued in a U.S. Senate report for not adequately protecting children from abuse, contributing to child deaths and injuries through mismanagement. Senator Jon Ossoff emphasizes the need to protect the most vulnerable children from abuse and human trafficking, highlighting the serious and distressing findings of the investigation.

Bookman: Eastman’s law license suspension suggests peril for Trump, allies in Georgia RICO case

After a lengthy trial, a California state bar judge found that John Eastman “conspired with President Trump to obstruct a lawful function of the government of the United States” by aiming to disrupt the electoral count on January 6, 2021, leading to Eastman’s law license suspension with a recommendation for permanency. In her ruling, Judge Yvonne Roland highlighted Eastman’s submission of false filings related to the 2020 election in Georgia, undermining the legitimacy of millions of votes and engaging in actions deemed beyond the protection of the First Amendment and professional responsibilities around honesty.

If the Okefenokee isn’t worth saving, what is?

In this opinion piece by Dink Nesmith for the Georgia Recorder, the focus is on the heated debate surrounding the proposed mining near the Okefenokee Swamp by Twin Pines Minerals, where financial interests clash with environmental preservation. Nesmith criticizes the influence of monetary interests on Georgia’s decision-makers and expresses concern over the potential ecological impact on this irreplaceable natural gem, urging for the protection of the swamp over economic gains.

Bookman: Two stories of vows taken and vows broken, of boundaries crossed, trust shattered

This is a recipe for chaos:

Take the most important legal case in our state’s history, “Donald J. Trump v. State of Georgia,” with stakes so high that the outcome could alter the course of our republic. Toss that into a mixing bowl, then add “Nathan Wade v. Jocelyn Wade,” a case of a very different sort, a case about a marriage gone bad, a case deeply personal and ugly, with stakes that ought to be important only to those involved. Mix thoroughly, and what you have is an unappetizing mess.

Commentary: Trump not immune to prosecution for trying to overturn the 2020 election

In Washington D.C. and in Fulton County, Donald Trump and his attorneys are trying to tell us that as a former president, he cannot be prosecuted for any crimes he may have committed while in office, that under the Constitution he enjoys absolute immunity.

Analysis: It’s uncertain if push to ‘Stop Cop City’ got enough valid signers for Atlanta referendum

An effort to block the construction of a new public safety training center in Atlanta through a ballot referendum might have enough valid petition signers to move forward, according to a new analysis from GPB and three partner newsrooms. However, legal and logistical hurdles remain.

Hate crimes are on the rise − but the narrow legal definition makes it hard to charge and convict

Jeannine Bell, Loyola University Chicago With hate crimes, context is everything, and events outside of the United States – like the war between Israel and Hamas – can have far-reaching and potentially tragic consequences. Vermont police arrested a man in Burlington on Nov. 27, 2023, for allegedly shooting three 20-year-old Palestinian American men, seriously wounding them. …

Shows like ‘Scandal’ and ‘Madam Secretary’ inspire women to become involved in politics in real life

Jennifer Hoewe, Purdue University Hillary Clinton famously did not win the 2016 election and become the first female U.S. president. Yet Clinton’s presidential campaign still resonated with many women who have said it made them more likely to get involved in politics. When women run for office, it can inspire other women and girls to become …