Teen Appears In Court Over Shooting Of Brother

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A 16-year-old accused of killing of his 13-year-old brother has made his first appearance in court Saturday.Channel 2’s Amanda Cook was there as Oscar Mondragon, 16, made his first court appearance in Cobb County Court.Police said …

Copper Thieves Leave Strip Mall Without AC

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Copper thieves destroyed or damaged more than a dozen rooftop air conditioning units leaving businesses in a Stone Mountain strip mall sweltering in the oppressive heat.According to DeKalb police, the thieves climbed up onto the …

Older Brother In Custody In 13-Year-Old’s Death

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A 16-year-old wanted in connection with the killing of his 13-year-old brother is now in custody, according to Cobb County police.Police said they were called to Marietta’s Eastside Mobile Home Park after a shooting Thursday night. …

Pimp Law, Part II: Even if the Woman is Already ‘in the Game,’ It’s Still Pimpin’

Back in March 2011, I wrote here that the California Supreme Court was poised to hear an important issue related to California pimp law: are you offering illegal pimp services if the woman is already ‘in the game’ (i.e., already a prostitute)? To recap from my prior post, in 2007, a man named Jomo Zambia was in his car at a "notorious intersection" in the San Fernando Valley known for its prostitutes. He allegedly asked a woman he believed to be a prostitute to enter his car, explained he was a pimp, and offered his pimp services, "which included providing housing and clothing, if she turned over all of her money to him." The prostitute was actually an LAPD Officer working undercover, and Zambia was arrested and later convicted of the crime of pandering, as one who "induces, persuades or encourages another person to become a prostitute." California’s highest court will now examine whether a defendant like Zambia can be convicted of encouraging another person to become a prostitute when that person already appears to be working as a prostitute. Or, in AP writer Paul Elias’ words, the court will define "what makes a pimp in California." Three months later,…

How to Make Sure That ‘Redacted’ Document You Uploaded to PACER Is Really Redacted

On the Freedom to Tinker blog, Timothy Lee writes that he has been conducting detailed research on documents uploaded to PACER where the "parties tried to redact sensitive information but the redactions failed for technical reasons." Lee explains that the problem is rooted in the fact that the "PDF" format of saving a document uses "vector graphics" that represent an image as a series of drawing commands such as lines, rectangles and lines of text. While vector graphics have various advantages, Lee says they have at least one significant disadvantage: they may contain more information than is visible to the naked eye because they can have multiple "layers." As such, while a PDF document may appear to have a black rectangle blocking out text, the text still exists under the box and can often be read by performing a simple cut and paste. Using a collection of 1.8 million PACER documents, Lee identified approximately 2000 documents with redaction rectangles. Of these redacted documents, Lee found 194 documents with "failed redactions," mainly from commerical litigation in which the parties attempted to redact text concerning trade secrets, medical information, addresses, dates of birth, witness names, jurors, and more. Based on this study,…

Driver Crashes Into Patrol Car During Arrest

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. — Douglas County law enforcement officers faced a close call during a traffic stop early Friday.Deputies and Douglasville police officers were arresting a driver on traffic charges when another driver crashed into a parked patrol c…

E-Cigarette Users Battle Smoking Ban

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A proposed smoking ban in DeKalb County plan is finding opposition from an unlikely group — some non-smokers.A growing number of people have begun using electronic cigarettes as a way to kick the tobacco smoking habit. E-Cigare…

Civil Rights Group Files Lawsuit Over New Immigration Law

ATLANTA — Georgia’s new immigration reform law doesn’t officially go into effect until July 1, but several civil rights organizations announced Thursday they have already filed a class action lawsuit to stop it.The American Civil Liberties Union along…

No Indictment Against Coach Accused Pointing Gun At Student

ATLANTA — A high school coach who was fired after being accused of pointing a gun at a student is no longer facing charges.In court Thursday morning, a Fulton County Grand Jury decided not to indict Kevin Pope, something family and friends who arrived…

Target Killer Proclaims Innocence In Jail Interview

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — In the first interview since her conviction, a woman who gunned down her daughter-in-law in a Snellville Target parking lot maintains her innocence. She spoke exclusively to Channel 2’s Mark Winne at the Gwinnett County Jail.“…