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Ga. Supreme Court rules crude online comments not stalking

Georgia high court also rules in case involving Atlanta rapper "Lil Phat"

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SUMMARIES OF OPINIONS

Published Friday, March 27, 2015

 

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

CHAN V. ELLIS (S14A1652)

            Under an opinion today by the state Supreme Court, a man with a website has won his appeal of a Muscogee County court ruling that granted a Permanent Stalking Protective Order to a woman who sued him over negative postings about her that appeared on his website.

            In today’s opinion, written by Justice Keith Blackwell, the high court has reversed the lower court’s ruling, finding that although the postings may have been “distasteful and crude,” they did not constitute stalking under the law.

According to the facts of the case, Matthew Chan runs a website called ExtortionLetterInfo.com, which posts commentary he and others write criticizing people he believes go overboard in their enforcement of copyright laws. Linda Ellis is a poet, and she has been the subject of nearly 2,000 posts on Chan’s website.

Racoon tests positive for rabies

 

Protecting dogs and cats protects your family, says rabies officer

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 Bandit, the one-year-old Golden Retriever pictured at right with owner Chandler Harrington, was attacked by a rabid racoon near their home on Fitts Road. Fortunately, Bandit was up to date on his rabies vaccine and posed no threat to the Harrington family or other animals. Pickens’ rabies control officer says it’s crucial to have your pets vaccinated. 

       The first case of rabies for the year has been reported after a raccoon tested positive last week.

Pickens’ rabies control officer Jan Stephens says the incident should act as a warning for pet owners to keep their animals’ vaccinations current. 

Dunkin' Donuts could come to Jasper

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This old log cabin and adjacent service station on Highway 53 could become the new location of a Dunkin' Donuts after Jasper's zoning board approved annexation of this parcel into the city limits. Final annexation awaits council approval. 

 

        The Jasper Planning and Zoning board has approved a plan than could bring a Dunkin’ Donuts to the corner of Highway 53 and Highway 515.

         At their Tuesday, March 24 meeting, the board heard a request from Mountain Express Oil

Farmers' Market opens for the year

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Herbalist Crystal Merrell will be one of many vendors at the Saturday, March 28 Farmers' Market at Lee Newton Park. 

By Darla Huffman 

 

The oldest continuous farmers’ market (as well as the friendliest) in the county will open for its 16th season this Saturday, March 28. The hours are from 7:30 to noon and the location is in the Park and Ride lot next to Lee Newton Park on Church Street in Jasper.  If you have never

Check out real falcons in Atlanta, live falconcam

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From Ga. DNR

 Atlanta’s fastest-flying family is online again.

 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources camera atwww.georgiawildlife.com/FalconCam is streaming live video of a pair of peregrine falcons nesting atop SunTrust Plaza Tower. Although the adults switched nest sites this spring, delaying the project, viewers can now watch as the raptors start a new family more than 50 stories above downtown Atlanta.