Facebook comments led to murder conviction for mother who smothered 5-week-old
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Published Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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WALLACE V. THE STATE (S14A1371)
The Supreme Court of Georgia has upheld the murder conviction and two consecutive life prison sentences given to a man for randomly robbing and killing a popular high school football star as he waited at an Atlanta bus stop.
In this high-profile Fulton County case, the high court has unanimously rejected Edward Wallace’s argument that there was not enough evidence to convict him. Instead, Justice Keith Blackwell writes for the Court, “we conclude that the evidence adduced at trial was legally sufficient to authorize a rational trier of fact to find beyond a reasonable doubt that Wallace was guilty of the crimes of which he was convicted.”
Details released after open records request
Two former juvenile indigent defense lawyers have been awarded a total of $75,000 in a negotiated settlement agreement following a lawsuit that brought breach of contract and First Amendment violation charges against the county.
From medical marijuana to transportation
State Representative Rick Jasperse, who has represented Pickens County as part of his District 11 for four years, sat down with the Progress Friday to discuss the legislative session that opened this week.
City to start pre-treating most dangerous roads in winter weather
Shane and Mandy Grizzle are one of just six foster families in Pickens County. The Grizzles currently have three adopted children, pictured above, and one foster child living with them in their west Pickens home.
By a slim 3-2 margin, the Jasper City Council refused to grant a rezoning request that could have brought an industrial manufacturing plant to a parcel at Cornett Lane South and Highway 515. Jasper resident Tim Snow, owner of Access Concrete Products out of Dalton, submitted the rezoning application to the city on November 11,
12-year-old wants help for sick kids instead of presents
By Brandi Strawn
Meet my daughter Kaila, she is 12 years old. She is currently a 7th grader at Jasper Middle school. She will be turning 13 in February. When I asked her what she wanted to do for her birthday she said she wanted to raise money for the kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital instead of receiving presents this year. As her mom I was so proud of her to suggest such a selfless thing at her age.