News of the Morning, 12.6.16

The Georgia Wonk’s Thought of the Day:

Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do.

“Africa,” Toto

Courts The big news, I think, is Justin Ross Harris, who has been sentenced to life without parole. That whole business depresses me, so I won’t dwell on it. Instead, I’ll dwell on another depressing case: that of William Sallie, who is scheduled to be executed next Tuesday. The parole board rejected his lawyers’ attempts to stop the execution–they had tried to stop the execution because of unreported bias among one of the jurors. Finally, a nurse anesthetist is at the center of a case at the Georgia Supreme Court that will decide whether or not his employers should be held criminally responsible for his sexual assault on an 18-year-old girl. (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Savannah Morning News)

Justice The Georgia Bureau of Investigations will test over 4,000 previously-untested rape kits. A new law that passed “in the final minutes” of the 2016 legislative session set new deadlines for testing. (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Healthcare Tejas Athni is disgustingly accomplished, not least because he’s 16 years old–according to this article, he publishes a magazine, teaches CPR, and is one of 15 high school students in the running to present research at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual conference in January. Not to mention–maybe this kid can cure cancer? Okay, okay, it’s not that exciting. It’s just a plant extract that can shrink tumors. No big deal, right? (via The Macon Telegraph)

Immigration Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Emory University seem to be very, very gingerly gearing up for a fight with an upcoming Trump administration, with the former calling Atlanta a “welcoming city” in a press release on the 28th and the latter offering financial assistance to DACA students. (via Creative Loafing)

Elections No, thank God, not this one. But this second- (or maybe third-) hand report from Political Insider implies that Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle is, at least in some small way, preparing for a 2018 gubernatorial bid. (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)



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