R. Robin McDonald

Judge Closes His Oldest Case by Vacating a Death Sentence — Again

R. Robin McDonald

Lawrence Joseph Jefferson's 1985 death penalty sentence for years has troubled federal judges who have reviewed the case.

ACLU Sues Over Hunger Strikes at U.S. Immigration Detention Centers

R. Robin McDonald

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking detailed information about hunger strikes by detainees incarcerated at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers.

Carr to High Court: Remand Private Hospital's Public Records Case

R. Robin McDonald

In a case of first impression, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr asked the court to remand a case involving whether a private hospital conducted duties entrusted to it by a public agency.

Counties, Businesses and the News Media Square Off in Hospital Public Records Fight

R. Robin McDonald

When Georgia's attorney general weighed in this week with a "neutral" brief in the public records fight now before the Supreme Court of Georgia, he joined 11 organizations that have squared off with competing briefs warning of wide-reaching consequences regardless of which way the high court might r

With Nod to Harry Potter, 11th Circuit Says Police Dogs Can't Be Sued for Excessive Force

R. Robin McDonald

In letting Draco off the hook for the injuries he caused subduing a suspect, the court pointed to practical considerations. For instance, how would one serve a complaint on a dog? And how would the dog retain a lawyer?

Judge Issues Force-Feed Order for Detainee on Hunger Strike

R. Robin McDonald

A federal judge in Albany has given staff members at a Georgia immigration detention facility permission to force-feed a detainee awaiting deportation who has been on a hunger strike since April 20.

DA: Due Process Complaint, Apology Prompted Dismissal of Charges Against Ex-Judge

R. Robin McDonald

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard says he dropped criminal charges against the former chief judge of coastal Georgia's Brunswick Circuit because voters last fall passed a constitutional amendment abolishing the state judicial watchdog agency that had promulgated the allegations on which th

Emory Sues Contractor It Hired to Run Sleep Center to Recoup Judgment in Patient's Death

R. Robin McDonald

Emory University is suing the independent contractor that operated the center to recoup damages and the legal costs Emory incurred while defending the case.

A Hot News Item Today, Yates Started Her US Attorney Tenure Low-Key

R. Robin McDonald

Although she was well-known around the Atlanta legal community, our story from 2010 showed how she tried to stay understated.

Former Morris Hardwick Schneider Controller Pleads Guilty to Fraud Conspiracy

R. Robin McDonald

The former controller of the Atlanta real estate closing firm once known as Morris Hardwick Schneider has pleaded guilty to a single fraud conspiracy charge.

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