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Court: Release Georgia lynching case transcripts
 Long lost grand jury transcripts that could shed light on one of Georgia’s most notorious unsolved lynching cases should be released, a federal appeals panel affirmed on Monday. The Moore’s Ford lynching was never solved, and none of the suspects in the white mob that brutally shot two African-American couples near a remote crossing...

10:14 PM Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Long lost grand jury transcripts that could shed light on one of Georgia’s most notorious unsolved lynching cases should be released, a federal appeals panel affirmed on Monday. The Moore’s Ford lynching was never solved, and none of the suspects in the white mob that brutally shot two African-American couples near a remote crossing...
Georgia lynching case transcripts should be released, court says
 Long lost grand jury transcripts that could shed light on one of Georgia’s most notorious unsolved lynching cases should be released, a federal appeals panel affirmed on Monday. FEB. 13: Georgia Tech will screen documentary on infamous Georgia lynching town The transcripts from the federal grand jury that met in Athens...

8:24 PM Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Long lost grand jury transcripts that could shed light on one of Georgia’s most notorious unsolved lynching cases should be released, a federal appeals panel affirmed on Monday. FEB. 13: Georgia Tech will screen documentary on infamous Georgia lynching town The transcripts from the federal grand jury that met in Athens...
UGA unveils memorial to honor slaves’ legacy on campus
 The University of Georgia on Friday made its most overt acknowledgement to date of its historic links to slavery when officials unveiled a granite memorial to honor individuals whose remains were unearthed in 2015 at a former slave burial site on campus. The ceremony to dedicate the memorial on the front lawn of Baldwin Hall came after...

11:34 PM Friday, Nov. 16, 2018

The University of Georgia on Friday made its most overt acknowledgement to date of its historic links to slavery when officials unveiled a granite memorial to honor individuals whose remains were unearthed in 2015 at a former slave burial site on campus. The ceremony to dedicate the memorial on the front lawn of Baldwin Hall came after...
Metro Atlanta counties slow to report election results
 Several of metro Atlanta’s largest counties struggled to report election results Tuesday night, even as residents watched on television and their social media feeds as results came in from across the country. More than two hours after Georgia’s polls closed, Fulton and Cobb counties hadn’t reported results. Fulton first...

2:51 AM Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018

Several of metro Atlanta’s largest counties struggled to report election results Tuesday night, even as residents watched on television and their social media feeds as results came in from across the country. More than two hours after Georgia’s polls closed, Fulton and Cobb counties hadn’t reported results. Fulton first...
Moore’s Ford lynching case: Sides argue over release of secret transcripts

As attorneys in federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday argued precedent and law, Atanya L. Hayes started to heat up.The matter before the court — the release of grand jury testimony in the Moore’s Ford lynching case — is a deeply personal wound from 72 years ago that forever changed the course of Hayes&rsquo...

6:33 PM Wednesday, Oct. 03, 2018

As attorneys in federal appeals court in Atlanta on Wednesday argued precedent and law, Atanya L. Hayes started to heat up.The matter before the court — the release of grand jury testimony in the Moore’s Ford lynching case — is a deeply personal wound from 72 years ago that forever changed the course of Hayes&rsquo...
Sealed transcripts could hold clues in 1946 Moore’s Ford lynching case
 The 1946 Moore’s Ford lynching remains one of Georgia’s most notorious acts of racial terror. But an enduring question in the case is this: What happened inside a closed grand jury room to justify no one in the white mob getting charged? Now, nearly 72 years after the federal grand jury met in Athens to consider the evidence collected...

5:01 PM Tuesday, Oct. 02, 2018

The 1946 Moore’s Ford lynching remains one of Georgia’s most notorious acts of racial terror. But an enduring question in the case is this: What happened inside a closed grand jury room to justify no one in the white mob getting charged? Now, nearly 72 years after the federal grand jury met in Athens to consider the evidence collected...
After missteps and criticism, UGA to honor memory of slaves on campus
 Last spring, as student leaders at the University of Georgia prepared a resolution urging school officials to honor slaves who helped sustain the campus, they met with a senior member of President Jere Morehead’s staff. Jessica Douglas, one of the students, said the message from the administration was clear: What you’re doing...

10:00 AM Friday, Sep. 07, 2018

Last spring, as student leaders at the University of Georgia prepared a resolution urging school officials to honor slaves who helped sustain the campus, they met with a senior member of President Jere Morehead’s staff. Jessica Douglas, one of the students, said the message from the administration was clear: What you’re doing...
Ga. cop who shot two bought murder weapon day of killings
 In the two months since Glynn County police officer Robert “Cory” Sasser shot and killed his estranged wife, Katie Kettles Sasser, and her male friend, John Hall, Jr., before killing himself, the question hanging over the case had troubling implications for police: Did local law enforcement officers help Sasser locate...

4:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

In the two months since Glynn County police officer Robert “Cory” Sasser shot and killed his estranged wife, Katie Kettles Sasser, and her male friend, John Hall, Jr., before killing himself, the question hanging over the case had troubling implications for police: Did local law enforcement officers help Sasser locate...
Charges for son of Georgia cop who killed two in McIntosh County
 The 21-year-old son of a Glynn County police officer who shot and killed his estranged wife and her male friend two months ago was arrested Thursday and charged with reckless conduct in a development related to the double homicide case. Robert Bryce Sasser, a law enforcement officer himself, was charged with the misdemeanor reckless conduct...

10:54 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

The 21-year-old son of a Glynn County police officer who shot and killed his estranged wife and her male friend two months ago was arrested Thursday and charged with reckless conduct in a development related to the double homicide case. Robert Bryce Sasser, a law enforcement officer himself, was charged with the misdemeanor reckless conduct...
Granite memorial to honor remains found in slave burial site, UGA says
 The University of Georgia on Tuesday unveiled plans to erect a memorial to honor more than 100 individuals whose remains were found in a slave burial site during a campus construction project almost three years ago. The discovery of the remains near the Old Athens Cemetery in November 2015 during an expansion project of Baldwin...

6:10 PM Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018

The University of Georgia on Tuesday unveiled plans to erect a memorial to honor more than 100 individuals whose remains were found in a slave burial site during a campus construction project almost three years ago. The discovery of the remains near the Old Athens Cemetery in November 2015 during an expansion project of Baldwin...
Charges dropped against ex-Atlanta officer accused of killing unarmed black man 
 Charges have been dropped against a former Atlanta police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man two years ago in northwest Atlanta. The decision was made last week after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said a recent U.S. Supreme Court case “declined to address the issue of whether certain statements, made by a...

2:21 PM Friday, Aug. 10, 2018

Charges have been dropped against a former Atlanta police officer accused of killing an unarmed black man two years ago in northwest Atlanta. The decision was made last week after Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said a recent U.S. Supreme Court case “declined to address the issue of whether certain statements, made by a...
Georgia women’s college quietly drops class names tied to Klan history
 For more than a century, Wesleyan College for women has clung to class names cast from an era when the school openly celebrated the Ku Klux Klan and fostered initiation ceremonies that used nooses, Klan-like robes and rituals held by torchlight in the dead of night. Many of these traditions continued for decades after the 1960s when the first...

10:00 AM Monday, Aug. 06, 2018

For more than a century, Wesleyan College for women has clung to class names cast from an era when the school openly celebrated the Ku Klux Klan and fostered initiation ceremonies that used nooses, Klan-like robes and rituals held by torchlight in the dead of night. Many of these traditions continued for decades after the 1960s when the first...
Search for Atlanta child leads to ‘heartbreaking’ desert discovery
 The message that made its way to Georgia from an isolated high desert compound in northern New Mexico was a desperate cry for help: “We are starving and need food and water.” The plea that an Atlanta-area detective turned up marked a dramatic twist in a child abduction case involving a 3-year-old Clayton County boy whose father...

7:47 PM Sunday, Aug. 05, 2018

The message that made its way to Georgia from an isolated high desert compound in northern New Mexico was a desperate cry for help: “We are starving and need food and water.” The plea that an Atlanta-area detective turned up marked a dramatic twist in a child abduction case involving a 3-year-old Clayton County boy whose father...
Students to receive checks from $3 million suit against Ga. sheriff
 Nearly 800 students subjected to illegal body searches by former Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and his deputies will begin receiving payments under a $3 million civil rights lawsuit settlement signed off by a judge last month. The April 2017 episode involved Hobby ordering the Worth County High School locked down for hours as his deputies...

6:01 PM Wednesday, Aug. 01, 2018

Nearly 800 students subjected to illegal body searches by former Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and his deputies will begin receiving payments under a $3 million civil rights lawsuit settlement signed off by a judge last month. The April 2017 episode involved Hobby ordering the Worth County High School locked down for hours as his deputies...
DA kept key witness from testifying in killer cop’s bond hearing
 In the days since a Glynn County police lieutenant shot and killed his wife and a male friend while on bond for assaulting both her and other police officers, one central question has hovered over the June 28 tragedy: How could an officer who’d assaulted his wife, attacked fellow officers and threatened to kill himself be allowed...

6:55 PM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

In the days since a Glynn County police lieutenant shot and killed his wife and a male friend while on bond for assaulting both her and other police officers, one central question has hovered over the June 28 tragedy: How could an officer who’d assaulted his wife, attacked fellow officers and threatened to kill himself be allowed...
Mother terrified cop would harm daughter
 Long before Glynn County Police Lt. Robert C. Sasser’s final rampage ended in the shooting death of his estranged spouse and her male friend, his potential for violence struck terror in his wife’s family. On May 14, the day after a domestic incident in which Lt. Sasser tried to kick in her door, Katie Kettles Sasser gave a police...

11:43 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

Long before Glynn County Police Lt. Robert C. Sasser’s final rampage ended in the shooting death of his estranged spouse and her male friend, his potential for violence struck terror in his wife’s family. On May 14, the day after a domestic incident in which Lt. Sasser tried to kick in her door, Katie Kettles Sasser gave a police...
Investigators review if killer cop had help
 State authorities are investigating whether members of the Glynn County Police Department or other law enforcement agencies assisted Lt. Robert C. Sasser in locating his estranged wife and her boyfriend before he shot and killed them last week. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry is potentially devastating for the coastal police department...

11:08 PM Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2018

State authorities are investigating whether members of the Glynn County Police Department or other law enforcement agencies assisted Lt. Robert C. Sasser in locating his estranged wife and her boyfriend before he shot and killed them last week. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation inquiry is potentially devastating for the coastal police department...
Ga. cop who killed Caroline Small shoots self after killing wife, man
 (Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from the police noting that Sasser killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest, not to the head, as initial information from law enforcement said.) Lt. Robert C. Sasser had a well-documented history of misconduct as a Glynn County police officer, but nothing...

10:56 PM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

(Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from the police noting that Sasser killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot to the chest, not to the head, as initial information from law enforcement said.) Lt. Robert C. Sasser had a well-documented history of misconduct as a Glynn County police officer, but nothing...
Ga. officer in Caroline Small death fatally shoots wife, male friend, sources say
 A suspended Glynn County police officer out on bond after an armed standoff with SWAT officers last month shot and killed his estranged wife and her male friend Thursday night, according to law enforcement source and another source familiar with the situation. Officer Robert C. Sasser, notorious as one of two officers involved in the brutal...

4:02 PM Friday, Jun. 29, 2018

A suspended Glynn County police officer out on bond after an armed standoff with SWAT officers last month shot and killed his estranged wife and her male friend Thursday night, according to law enforcement source and another source familiar with the situation. Officer Robert C. Sasser, notorious as one of two officers involved in the brutal...
Cop: ‘He should know better’; Roswell official fails to report accident
 Last month, Roswell 911 dispatchers sent officers to a local strip mall on what seemed like a routine hit-and-run crash. Richard Johnson had discovered the damage to his smashed 2009 Toyota Corolla during his daily lunch-break walk through the parking lot of Brannon Square. Johnson told dispatchers he hadn’t seen the May 25 accident...

7:50 PM Thursday, Jun. 28, 2018

Last month, Roswell 911 dispatchers sent officers to a local strip mall on what seemed like a routine hit-and-run crash. Richard Johnson had discovered the damage to his smashed 2009 Toyota Corolla during his daily lunch-break walk through the parking lot of Brannon Square. Johnson told dispatchers he hadn’t seen the May 25 accident...
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