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I almost cannot believe this is happening in Ga. Much more info in both articles at links below.

On second thought I cannot believe this is happening in Ga.

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http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/out...r-to-get-reporter-indicted-for-doing-his-job/

Judge Gets Journalist Indicted For Literally Doing His Job and Seeking Public Records
by Rachel Stockman | 11:55 am, July 4th, 2016


What is going on in a small rural Georgia town is almost so crazy, it’s unbelievable. In fact, I probably wouldn’t believe it was true â€" except for the fact I spent three and half years reporting in Georgia and know some of the players involved from my days investigating local issues there. Here are the basics. Local reporter Mark Thomason, publisher of the Fannin Focus, and his newspaper’s attorney were jailed on felony charges after they tried to obtain records about the North Georgia court. I’m not kidding, that’s pretty much all they did.
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local/newspaper-publisher-indicted-jailed-over-public-re/nrqgq/

North Georgia newspaper publisher jailed over open records request By Rhonda Cook - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Updated: 11:45 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2016 | Posted: 7:09 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2016
‘Retaliation for use of the Open Records Act will inhibit every citizen from using it.’

A North Georgia newspaper publisher was indicted on a felony charge and jailed overnight last week â€" for filing an open-records request.
Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason, along with his attorney Russell Stookey, were arrested on Friday and charged with attempted identity fraud and identity fraud. Thomason was also accused of making a false statement in his records request.
» READ THE INDICTMENT
 

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No Georgia isn't corruption free Nemo....it's everywhere.

Seems as though someone has something they do not want revealed?
Throw them in jail!!
 

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I wonder if we can assist the reporter in gathering the information by filing our own open records act requests?
 

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Get 20 people to send in requests basically photocopied from the one sent in by the newspaper.e

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Where there's smoke, there's fire. I feel like something fishy went on if a judge is willing to exercise that much abuse of power.

Will she resign or be removed from office? Will she be heavily fined? Will she spend time behind bars?
 

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There are other ways to deal with corrupt officials such as the approach I once took when a (magistrate) judge in Stephens county refused to take action on a woman that came in to my daughters residence, and while she was holding her baby, hit her in the face.

I built a web site, dug up all the dirt I could find on the guy. Found out he had represented that other female in numerous cases prior in his private practice. I also, after some investigation, found that he had not reported campaign donations like he was supposed to for a number of years.

I sent a formal letter to the state voting ethics commission on his campaign finance and published all the dirt I had came up with on him as well as this letter to the editor (Opinions) in the Toccoa Record (his hometown newspaper). http://k4wdr.com/Judge_Failed_In_Responsibilites.pdf

Not long after my crusade had a good head of steam -- he died of a heart attack.

Poetic Justice.

"Those that are not willing to exercise the laws of this state to protect the victims of crime are not worthy of those very same laws to protect themselves." ... Me
 

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There are other ways to deal with corrupt officials such as the approach I once took when a (magistrate) judge in Stephens county refused to take action on a woman that came in to my daughters residence, and while she was holding her baby, hit her in the face.

I built a web site, dug up all the dirt I could find on the guy. Found out he had represented that other female in numerous cases prior in his private practice. I also, after some investigation, found that he had not reported campaign donations like he was supposed to for a number of years.

I sent a formal letter to the state voting ethics commission on his campaign finance and published all the dirt I had came up with on him as well as this letter to the editor (Opinions) in the Toccoa Record (his hometown newspaper).

Not long after my crusade had a good head of steam -- he died of a heart attack.

Poetic Justice.

“Those that are not willing to exercise the laws of this state to protect the victims of crime are not worthy of those very same laws to protect themselves.†... Me
I absolutely agree with your last sentence.
 

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I had a really long post prepared for this ... but .. nope. I am not going to do it.

There was a Judge, right here in Georgia, that had a slave living in his home. As in, he owned the person and that person was confined to his home with no personal freedoms. This was not over 100 years ago, it was this century. Then, you had a judge who was woken up in her home by the Cobb County Police, while she passed out drunk, with a minor in her bed.

So ... it does not surprise me.
 

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A quote from the Judge:

"I don't react well when my honesty is questioned.."


Yeah, I bet. Sounds like the words of a guilty person to me. At least she chairs the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission.
 

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My signature block is VERY significant these days......sad......
 

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My signature block is VERY significant these days......sad......
Who will guard the guards?
Apparently the guards in jail will guard the guards' guards.
 

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Who will guard the guards?
Apparently the guards in jail will guard the guards' guards.
Who watches the watchers?
Yes. Unfortunately the judge in question is potentially committing a two-fur - she's a "watcher" since she heads the judicial review committee for GA and she's going after the 4th estate which has traditionally been one of the only checks in place against judicial over-reach. If she is, just for the sake of argument, actually going after the newspaperman as a vendetta than what checks and balances are there when she's supposed to be one of those checks? Going Federal or to the State are the only real options left.
 

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This is far from over. The indictment means it never really goes away from your record. There will be a lawsuit over this. The judge won't be helped by the dismissal.
 

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A quote from the Judge:

“I don’t react well when my honesty is questioned..â€
But judge, if you have nothing to hide.......................... :mrgreen:
 
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