Ga. candidate took $50,000 in prohibited donations
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia congressional candidate says his campaign made an honest, rookie mistake when it accepted $54,500 in political contributions linked to a single Augusta donor.
Retired businessman Eugene Yu of Evans had to refund $50,000 in contributions that either exceeded campaign finance limits or were prohibited altogether by federal law. Yu's fundraising reports show all of the money was given to his U.S. Senate campaign by Augusta businessman Wayne B. Brown and his company, WayneWorks.
Yu has abandoned his Senate bid to run for Georgia's 12th District U.S. House seat.
Yu's campaign first reported $45,000 in prohibited donations from Brown as a personal loan of the candidate's own money. Brown says he owed Yu money for a shared real-estate investment and it was deposited to the candidate's campaign account.
COUNTY LINE DISPUTE
Court reverses ruling in Ga. county border dispute
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's highest court has reversed a lower court's ruling in a years-long border dispute between Bibb and Monroe counties.
In a unanimous opinion written by Justice Carol Hunstein and released Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fulton County Superior Court.
The justices determined that the lower court could compel Secretary of State Brian Kemp to resolve the dispute between the counties, but could not require him to pick a specific boundary.
A Fulton County judge in January 2013 ordered Kemp to set the border south of where it was marked. The judge ordered Kemp to use a controversial 2009 survey he has rejected many times.
Bibb County and Kemp appealed the trial court decision to the state Supreme Court.
REVENGE PORN BILL
GA Senate passes bill criminalizing 'revenge porn'
ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Senate has passed a bill criminalizing "revenge porn," a trend involving explicit photographs being posted without permission to the Internet.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports lawmakers voted unanimously to pass the bill Monday. A Senate committee made some changes to the proposed legislation and it must now be reapproved in the House for final passage.
The types of photos lawmakers are looking to put restrictions on typically include identifying information about the subject of the attack. The proposed law would make posting revenge porn a misdemeanor and repeat offenders would face felony charges punishable by up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Lawmakers in several other states including Delaware, Maryland and Virginia have considered implementing similar laws this year.
Ga. mom pleads guilty in fire deaths of 3 children
MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Macon woman whose three young children died in a house fire while she was away visiting a boyfriend has pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and cruelty to children.
The Telegraph reports a judge Monday sentenced Colethia Williams to six years in prison followed by 40 years on probation after she pleaded guilty in Bibb County Superior Court.
Firefighters found Williams' four children huddled together after their home caught fire in February 2013. Three of the children - ages 10, 9 and 7 - died from smoke inhalation. The youngest child, age 3, was the only survivor.
Williams later told police she was at her boyfriend's house when the fire started. She had been charged with murder, but prosecutors allowed her to plead guilty to lesser charges.
ST PATRICK'S DAY-SAVANNAH
Ceremony kicks off St. Patrick's week in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Savannah has kicked off the week leading to its massive St. Patrick's Day celebration with a much more quiet ceremony honoring the city's Irish heritage.
The Savannah Morning News reports the coastal city held its 30th Celtic Cross Ceremony on Sunday with a procession from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to Emmet Park, where a Celtic cross monument stands near the downtown riverfront.
The ceremony celebrates past, present and future generations of Irish-Americans. During the program, the Rev. Jeremiah McCarthy blessed an orange and green wreath placed at the base of the limestone Celtic cross.
Savannah's annual St. Patrick's Day parade will be held next Monday. Irish immigrants began celebrating the holiday with a procession in Georgia's oldest city 190 years ago.
LOUD MUSIC KILLING
Defendant's attorneys want to delay sentencing
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The attorneys for a Florida man convicted of attempted murder for shooting at three teens after an argument over loud music will ask a judge to delay his sentencing on those convictions until he can be retried on charges that he murdered 17-year-old Jordan Davis of Marietta, Ga..
A hearing is scheduled for Monday. Michael Dunn's lawyers say he cannot speak on his own behalf until the Davis charge is resolved. Prosecutors say there's no provision under state law to delay the sentencing, scheduled for March 25.
Dunn was convicted last month of three counts of attempted second-degree murder for shooting at three of Davis' friends who were inside an SUV. But the jury hung on a first-degree murder charge for Davis' death. Dunn faces 60 years in prison.
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