Council Votes Down Mayor’s Tax Refund Request

ROSWELL, Ga. — At a time when some government leaders are catching heat for wanting to raise taxes, the mayor of Roswell is catching heat for his proposal to lower them.“We can afford to give our taxpayers a break,” Mayor Jere Wood told Channel 2’s…

With Patriot Act About to Expire, Traveling Obama Uses ‘Autopen’ to Beat the Clock

Late Thursday night, the Patriot Act was minutes away from expiring. Although disagreements in Congress led to some members attempting to hold up legislative efforts to prepare a bill extending the Act, a bill was finally ready for President Barack Obama’s signature in the waning hours Thursday night. However, there was a logistical issue: Obama was attending an international summit in France and was not in a position to physically sign the bill presented by Congress. The Los Angeles Times reports that with minutes to spare, however, Obama found a way around this problem by directing that the bill be signed in Washington via an "autopen," thus beating the midnight Thursday deadline. The autopen is a "little-known and infrequently used device" that can hold a pen and sign a person’s actual signature, the Associated Press notes. It may only be used with proper authorization of the president. Does the use of an autopen satisfy the "Presentment Clause" of Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution, which requires that before a bill becomes law it must be "presented to the President of the United States?" Yes, according to the Office of Legal Counsel. Odd Clauses Watch wrote last month that…

‘Hangover II’ Injunction Denied, but Tattoo Dispute Goes Forward

On Thursday, the blockbuster sequel "The Hangover Part II" opened in theaters around the world as planned, despite the efforts of artist Victor Whitmill. As discussed here previously, Whitmill filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Warner Bros. alleging that he owns the rights to the well-known "Mike Tyson tattoo" and that it cannot be reproduced on anyone’s body other than Mike Tyson without his permission. In "Hangover II," Ed Helms’ character wakes up to find what appears to be the Tyson tattoo inked on his face. In his lawsuit, Whitmill sought damages and an injunction on the Memorial Day weekend release of "Hangover II." In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Perry held that while she would not grant an injunction, Whitmill did have a "strong likelihood of prevailing on the merits for copyright infringement," Media Decoder reports. Perry denied the injunction because she found that it was in "the public interest" for the film to go forward. She wrote that thousands of other non-party business people in the country would lose money if the opening was enjoined. She added, however, that Whitmill may get the last laugh, though, because "[a]lthough the intangibles he’s losing can’t be…

Ex-Falcon Cheerleader Arrested In Chop Shop Ring

OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. — A former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader is one of three people jailed in what investigators said may be a massive stolen car chop shop ring.Channel 2’s Diana Davis learned how those charged may be connected to thefts of trucks and ev…

Man Accused Of Shooting At Police Arrested

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A man was caught on tape shooting at a crowded gas station in Gwinnett County. Officers said he was shooting at them because he doesn’t like police.An officer’s dash camera captured every shot fired outside the Quiktrip on Sat…

‘Loser Pays’ Bill in Texas Just 3 Signatures Away from Becoming Law

The introduction of a "loser pays" system in any U.S. jurisdiction sounds like the type of pie-in-the-sky proposal that creates lots of headlines but never ends up happening. But Texas Lawyer’s Tex Parte Blog reports that a "loser pays" bill in Texas was passed by the Texas House Wednesday night in a 130-13 vote and will become law if it receives three more signatures: those of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry. Groups that had taken opposing sides on the issue of "loser pays," such as Texans for Lawsuit Reform and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, have reportedly "lined up in support of Committee Substitute House Bill 274." If the bill becomes law, it is set to become effective on Sept. 1, 2011. According to Texas Lawyer, some of the key provisions of House Bill 274 include: early dismissal of meritless suits, i.e., suits deemed to have "no basis in law or fact." In some cases, courts will decide motions to dismiss before hearing evidence on the claims; a 45-day deadline for courts to rule on motions to dismiss; an award of costs and attorney fees to prevailing parties if a meritless suit…

Parents Of Dead Baby At Buckhead Hotel Charged

ATLANTA — The parents of a child found dead at a hotel in Buckhead have been charged with murder.

Parents Accused Of Killing 5-Month-Old
Atlanta police received a call about the death from the Embassy Suites hotel on Peachtree Road late Sunday night….

BEHIND THE SCENES: Launching Action News At 4

America’s most watched television station is debuting its newest newscast, Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m., on Thursday. Monica Pearson and John Bachman will anchor the newscast with chief meteorologist Glenn Burns forecasting the weather. You can fo…