Lawyer for former elections supervisor says he released videos in Georgia 2020 interference case
A lawyer for a former elections director charged alongside former President Donald Trump and others over efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election says he released videos of prosecutors’ interviews with some of their codefendants because he thought they helped his client and the public had the right to see them.
The Georgia district attorney who charged Trump expects his trial to be underway over Election Day
The Georgia district attorney who charged former President Donald Trump over his efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election says she expects his trial will be underway over Election Day next year and could possibly stretch past the inauguration in 2025.
Lawyers and judge hash out juror questions for Powell and Chesebro trial in Georgia election case
Lawyers for Sidney Powell and Kenneth Chesebro have met with prosecutors and the judge overseeing the case to hash out what will be asked on a lengthy questionnaire when the first group of 450 prospective jurors arrives at the courthouse later this week.
Trump won’t be tried with Powell and Chesebro next month in Georgia election case
Donald Trump won't face trial next month in Georgia after a judge ruled Thursday that the former president and 16 others accused of illegally trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election will be tried separately from two lawyers in the case.
Georgia special grand jury report shows Graham and others spared from charges, and more new details
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis pursued charges against roughly half of the people recommended to her by a special grand jury tasked with investigating efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.
Fani Willis accuses Rep. Jim Jordan of 'partisan misrepresentations' over inquiry of election case
The Georgia prosecutor who has brought charges accusing former President Donald Trump and others of illegally trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election has sent a scathing letter to a congressman leading an inquiry into her investigation.
WATCH LIVE: First hearing in GA election subversion case
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee is presiding over the trial against former President Donald Trump and 18 other co-defendants. A hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday could answer the question of how soon a trial could begin, and how quickly it will move.
61 indicted in Georgia on racketeering charges connected to 'Stop Cop City' movement
Sixty-one people have been indicted in Georgia on racketeering charges following a long-running state investigation into protests against an Atlanta-area proposed police and firefighter training facility that critics call “Cop City.”.
Trump and all 18 others charged in Georgia election case meet the deadline to surrender at jail
Former President Donald Trump and the 18 people indicted along with him in Georgia on charges that they participated in a wide-ranging illegal scheme to overturn the results of the 2020 election have all turned themselves in to a jail in Atlanta before the deadline at noon Friday.
Trump speaks out after being booked, released from Fulton County Jail on chargers to overturn 2020 election loss
Hours after former President Donald Trump was booked and released from the Fulton County Jail Thursday on multiple charges related to meddling in the 2020 presidential election, he spoke out against the claims.
Attorney John Eastman surrenders on charges in Trump's Georgia 2020 election subversion case
A conservative attorney who pushed a plan to keep Donald Trump in power has turned himself in to authorities on charges in the Georgia case alleging an illegal plot to overturn the then-president’s 2020 election loss.
Atlanta begins to brace for the potential of a new Trump indictment as soon as next week
Donald Trump and officials in Atlanta are bracing for a new indictment that could come as soon as next week in a Georgia prosecutor’s investigation into the Republican ex-president’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the state.
Trump attempt to derail Georgia election investigation rejected by judge
A judge has rejected an attempt by former President Donald Trump to keep a Georgia district attorney from prosecuting him and from using certain evidence gathered in her investigation into potential illegal meddling in the 2020 election in the state.
A grand jury sworn in Tuesday could decide whether Trump is charged over Georgia's 2020 election
A new grand jury sworn in Tuesday in Atlanta will likely consider whether criminal charges are appropriate for former President Donald Trump or his allies for their efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in Georgia.
Georgia judge orders prosecutors to reply to Trump challenge
A Georgia judge is ordering the Fulton County district attorney’s office to respond to a motion by former President Donald Trump to throw out a report by a special grand jury that investigated attempts to interfere in the state’s 2020 presidential election.
Breaches of voting machine data raise worries for midterms
The revelation earlier this week that federal prosecutors are involved in investigations of suspected voting system breaches across the U.S. is fueling questions about the security of voting machines just two months before the midterm elections.
Trump election probe in Georgia cites voting system breach
The prosecutor investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to interfere in the 2020 election in Georgia is seeking information about a breach of voting equipment in a county roughly 200 miles south of her Atlanta office.
Judge won't quash subpoenas for Georgia false electors
A judge says Georgia Republicans who signed a certificate falsely stating that Donald Trump had won the state in 2020 and that they were the state’s “duly elected and qualified” electors will have to appear before a special grand jury investigating whether the former president and others illegally tried to interfere in the state’s election.
GOP's election inquiry: Courts, conspiracies and more costs
A Republican inquiry into Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election spurred on by former President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud has spawned several court cases as it expands, grows in cost and shows signs it will drag well into 2022.
Judges approve special grand jury in Georgia election probe
Judges have approved a request for a special grand jury by the Georgia prosecutor who’s investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others broke the law by trying to pressure Georgia officials to throw out Joe Biden’s presidential election victory.
Election officials face fines, charges in GOP voting laws
The county officials who run elections are facing a slate of new punishments as part of a nationwide Republican campaign to roll back access to the ballot, months after many hailed them as heroes for the creative ways they expanded voting access last year during the coronavirus outbreak.
EXPLAINER: What does Georgia’s new GOP election law do?
The sweeping rewrite of Georgia’s election rules that was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp represents the first big set of changes since former President Donald Trump’s repeated, baseless claims of fraud following his presidential loss to Joe Biden.
Man wanted in Georgia killing arrested in Palm Coast traffic stop
A traffic stop Wednesday night in Palm Coast led to the arrest of a 21-year-old man wanted in a homicide case out of Georgia, authorities said Thursday. It happened about 11 p.m. Wednesday when a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over a white Dodge Charger that was clocked at 63 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone on State Road 100, according to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. After picking up on the smell of marijuana coming from the car, deputies detained the driver and asked the passenger to get out of the car, deputies said. It wasn’t until after he was repeatedly stunned that deputies were able to handcuff Moore and take him into custody. In a statement, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said this arrest serves as a reminder that there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop, saying things could have turned out much worse.
Georgia prosecutor investigating Trump call urges patience
Her office confirmed that the probe includes a call in which Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn Joe Biden’s win in the state. Following the November general election, Trump refused to accept his loss by about 12,000 votes in Georgia, long a Republican stronghold. In a Jan. 2 telephone conversation with Raffensperger, Trump repeatedly suggested Raffensperger could change the certified results of the presidential election, an assertion the secretary of state firmly rejected. “BJay” Pak, the Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Atlanta, was a “never-Trumper” — a term often used for conservative critics of Trump. That’s just logical.”Prior to his call with Raffensperger, Trump tried unsuccessfully to pressure others in Georgia.
Georgia GOP senators propose overhaul of state’s election laws
Fulton County Georgia elections workers process absentee ballots for the Senate runoff election in Atlanta on Jan. 5. ATLANTA – A group of Republican state senators want to make sweeping changes to how elections are carried out in the peach state. The bill comes after a large increase in mail voting, spurred on by the coronavirus pandemic, helped propel Democrats to victory in November’s presidential election and in two Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoffs. State election officials have said unequivocally that there was no widespread fraud or irregularities in mail voting, despite relentless false claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies. Fair Fight, a voting rights group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, slammed the proposals.
Trump pressured Georgia to ‘find the fraud’ in earlier call
It occurred as election officials were conducting an audit of signatures on absentee ballot envelopes in Cobb County. Trump pressed the investigator to look into Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold that contains most of Atlanta. AdVarious election officials across the country and Trump’s former attorney general, William Barr, have said there was no widespread fraud in the election. During another call in early December, Trump pressed Georgia Gov. In last week’s call with Raffensperger, Trump urged the secretary of state to change the certified results.
EXPLAINER: How Democrats won Georgia’s 2 Senate runoffs
The call was made after an analysis of outstanding ballots showed there was no way for Perdue, who was seeking a second term, to overtake Ossoff’s lead. Tens of thousands of outstanding votes remain to be counted, but the vast majority were in six Democratic-leaning counties that Ossoff was winning. Many of the ballots left to be counted were mail votes, a form of voting that overwhelmingly favored Ossoff. The remaining votes left to be counted in Republican-leaning areas that favored Perdue were not enough for him to catch up. Until Warnock, a Democrat hadn't won a U.S. Senate contest in the state since former Georgia Gov.
Georgia poll worker in hiding after false claims online
It claims to show a poll worker crumpling up an absentee ballot. Barron also said the worker was in hiding after being harassed online due to the false claims. THE FACTS: Election officials say the poll worker in the video did not crumple or discard a ballot. The poll worker appears to gesture in an animated way, and then crumple up a small piece of paper. The poll worker’s assignment was to use a cutting machine to open the outer envelopes and separate them from interior envelopes.
As Biden pulls ahead of Trump in Georgia, state says there will likely be a recount
ATLANTA – Democrat Joe Biden took a narrow lead over President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia early Friday morning. State officials couldn’t immediately provide the number of uncured absentee ballots. Provisional lists are kept at the county level, and there are thousands outstanding statewide that county officials will decide on whether to count by Friday. Donald Trump Jr. spoke Thursday evening at an event in Atlanta, along with several Georgia elected officials and decried the process. Meanwhile, outside the State Farm Arena where the final Georgia votes are being counted, we have a growing crowd.
2020 Latest: Biden says 'no one' will take US democracy away
The nation is waiting to learn whether Biden or Trump will collect the 270 electoral votes needed to capture the presidency. As the hearing unfolded Thursday evening, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were locked in a tight battle for the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania. Trump last appeared in public early Wednesday, when he falsely declared victory over Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential race. The presidential race has not yet been called because neither Trump nor Biden has yet collected the requisite 270 Electoral College votes. Still, Trump’s campaign has held out hope that continued counting in Arizona could overcome a Biden lead in the state.
Spotlight on Georgia as state’s 16 electoral votes remain at stake
Meanwhile, outside the State Farm Arena where the final Georgia votes are being counted, we have a growing crowd. At stake in Georgia are 16 electoral votes. The lawsuit alleges that a Republican observer watched a poll worker take unprocessed absentee ballots from a back room and mix them into processed absentee ballots waiting to be tabulated. In Georgia, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to count. In the race to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, Democrat Joe Biden currently has 264 while Trump has 214.
Trump files lawsuit in Georgia, seeking to pause vote count
The lawsuit alleges that a Republican observer watched a poll worker take unprocessed absentee ballots from a back room and mix them into processed absentee ballots waiting to be tabulated. In Georgia, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to count. Another 1.5 million absentee ballots had been received and accepted. Some 80,000 absentee ballots in Gwinnett County need further review after a software malfunction with the machines scanning the county’s unique two-page ballots. In DeKalb County, while results are nearing completion at 99% reported, some absentee ballots still need to be tabulated.
Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting
Jen Cox poses for a photo on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, after voting early at State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta. “This was an amazing, fantastic experience,” Jen Cox said after voting at State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks were the first NBA team to commit their arena for early voting. There are 30 early voting locations scattered around Fulton County, which stretches 70 miles (112 kilometers) north to south. Florida has early voting at venues used by the NBA’s Orlando Magic, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Technical problems arise as early voting starts in Georgia
ATLANTA – Long lines of people eager to cast ballots formed as early in-person voting began in Georgia on Monday, and problems soon developed in the state's most populous county. By mid-morning, the problem appeared to have been resolved and the lines had cleared at the arena, which is the largest early voting site in the state with 300 voting machines. Some people lined up before dawn to be among the first to participate in early in-person voting, which runs through Oct. 30 in Georgia. While voters must vote at their assigned polling place on Election Day, they can vote at any voting site in the county where they live during early voting. With record turnout expected for this year's presidential election and fears about exposure to the coronavirus, election officials and advocacy groups have been encouraging people to vote early, either in person or by absentee ballot.
Georgia's Fulton County works to avoid another vote debacle
In this June 9, 2020 file photo, people wait to vote in the Georgia's primary election at Park Tavern in Atlanta. With nearly 790,000 active voters, Fulton County accounts for about 11% of the state’s electorate. The night of the primary, Fulton County elections director Rick Barron spoke frankly with reporters about challenges his staff faced. Fulton County will add 91 polling locations, bringing the total from 164 in June to 255 in November. It's just one step state election officials are taking to help make the November election run smoothly in Fulton County and elsewhere, Harvey said.
4 additional COVID-19 deaths in Southeast Georgia among 96 in state
The Georgia Department of Public Health on Saturday reported 96 additional coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number in the state to 4,669. The 7-day average of deaths reached an all-time high of 73 per day on Thursday before beginning to come down. The DeKalb County school district announced Friday that it was delaying athletics, marching bands and cheerleading until the end of September, although the groups will continue to train. High school football teams elsewhere in the state are supposed to start playing on Sept. 4. The Savannah-Chatham County school district said Friday that a football player at Beach High in Savannah tested positive for COVID-19 and the whole team and coaches are in quarantine.
Former officer who shot Rayshard Brooks sues over firing
In this booking photo made available Thursday, June 18, 2020 by the Fulton County, Ga., Sheriff's Office, shows Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe. Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction, was charged with felony murder and 10 other charges. Rolfe was fired after the shooting. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office via AP)
Former Atlanta officer who shot Rayshard Brooks seeks bail
In this booking photo made available Thursday, June 18, 2020 by the Fulton County, Ga., Sheriff's Office, shows Atlanta Police Officer Garrett Rolfe. Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks in the back after the fleeing man pointed a stun gun in his direction, was charged with felony murder and 10 other charges. (Fulton County Sheriff's Office via AP)ATLANTA The former Atlanta police officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks is set to appear in court Tuesday to ask a judge to release him from jail while his case is pending. An autopsy found Brooks was shot twice in the back. Felony murder is punishable by a minimum sentence of life in prison.
News4Jax crime and safety expert analyzes fatal police shooting in Atlanta
The Fulton County (Georgia) District Attorney says a decision on whether to bring charges against the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks could come Wednesday. Brooks, 27, was shot and killed by Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe on Friday night after police moved to handcuff him for suspected driving under the influence. News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson, a former police officer, watched the encounter and offered this analysis. This is going to have to be carefully examined by the District Attorney of Georgia based on Georgia laws. Jefferson also believes this latest shooting will lead to discussions nationwide about developing some sort of guidelines and training about the escalation of police-involved incidents.
2 more Atlanta officers fired after students pulled from car
(Fulton County Sheriffs Office via AP)ATLANTA – Two more Atlanta police officers were fired Wednesday over an incident in which two college students were pulled from a car in traffic during a large protest against police brutality, authorities said. The four fired officers and two others face criminal charges stemming from the incident. Video shows the officers shouting at the students, firing Tasers at them and dragging them from the car. The two students are rising seniors at historically black colleges near downtown Atlanta, Young at Morehouse College and Pilgrim at Spelman College. All of the charged officers are black except for Claud, who’s white.
Fired Atlanta officers file suit against mayor, police chief
Atlanta Chief Erika Shields fired two officers and benched three others involved in an incident with two college students during protests in the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020. Former Investigators Mark Gardner and Ivory Streeter sued Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Police Chief Erika Shields on Monday. The lawsuit alleges that the officers were fired in violation of the city's code, without investigation, proper notice or a pre-disciplinary hearing. In their lawsuit, the fired officers seek reinstatement to their jobs, as well as back pay and benefits. The suit states that the officers were denied due process, and that the other officers who “engaged in substantially similar conduct” were not dismissed.
Brantley County reports second COVID-19 death as Georgia death toll hits 677
Brantley County on Saturday reported its second death related to COVID-19 as the statewide death toll hit 677, according to the evening data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Ware County has reported five novel coronavirus deaths and most cases in the area (81) and neighboring Pierce County has reported two deaths and 51 cases. Glynn County has 49 cases but no deaths, Brantley County has two deaths and 18 cases, while Camden County has 28 cases and no deaths and Charlton County has five cases and no deaths. Georgia’s public health agency said on Thursday it’s broadening its definition of who’s eligible for coronavirus testing in the state. As of Wednesday, just over 4,000 tests for the disease had been processed by state labs, compared with nearly 60,000 Georgia tests handled by commercial labs.
Georgia sees unemployment claims triple in virus lockdown
Figures released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor showed unemployment claims processed by the agency had nearly tripled compared to the previous week, when the pandemic had already driven claims to new record highs. The Georgia workers were among 6.6 million Americans who filed unemployment claims last week, and roughly 1-in-10 U.S. workers lost jobs in the past three weeks. Georgia has processed more than 536,000 unemployment claims in the past three weeks, according to state labor officials. Butler’s agency said Georgia saw fewer than 292,000 unemployment claims in all of 2019. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported at least 412 deaths Thursday and more than 10,800 confirmed infections.
COVID-19 cases in Georgia now over 2,600, additional case in Glynn County
ATLANTA, Ga. – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia increased by more than eight percent overnight, according to numbers released Sunday evening by the Georgia Department of Public Health. In Southeast Georgia, there was an additional case in Glynn County, bringing the total number there to eight. There were still five cases in Ware County, two in Camden County, one in Charlton County and two in Pierce County. Fulton County continues to have the highest number of cases, 425, followed by DeKalb with 273 cases and Dougherty -- in Southwest Georgia -- with 247 cases. Dougherty County, where Albany is the county seat, has the most deaths -- 17.
Georgia cases of COVID-19 surpass 2,400; 79 deaths reported
ATLANTA, Ga. – Georgia’s confirmed coronavirus caseload increased by more than seven percent overnight, according to numbers released by the Georgia Department of Public Health on Saturday morning. As of Saturday evening, the state has 2,446 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up from Friday evening’s total of 2,198. The state also reported ten new deaths connected to the virus, bringing the statewide total to 79. Fulton County continues to have the highest number of cases, 378, followed by DeKalb with 246 cases and Dougherty -- in Southwest Georgia -- with 224 cases. The Georgia Department of Public Health said COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in more than 100 of Georgia’s 159 counties.