Bill Rankin

Reporter for Enterprise

Bill Rankin joined The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1989, three years after his father, Jim Rankin, retired from the paper after 26 years. For most of his time at the AJC, Bill has covered criminal justice, legal affairs and Georgia and federal courts.

Latest from Bill Rankin

Tex McIver’s legal team falling apart
 The defense team for Claud “Tex” McIver is falling apart, as two of his lawyers announced that they are no longer representing the prominent Atlanta attorney accused of murdering his wife. The shake-up leaves McIver with one lawyer, Bruce Harvey, who joined the case a few months ago. This development may raise the prospect...

Posted: 2 hours ago

The defense team for Claud “Tex” McIver is falling apart, as two of his lawyers announced that they are no longer representing the prominent Atlanta attorney accused of murdering his wife. The shake-up leaves McIver with one lawyer, Bruce Harvey, who joined the case a few months ago. This development may raise the prospect...
‘Breakdown’ Season 6 begins: A Jury of His Peers
 The four men – two in each car – had a rendezvous at a gas station near I-285. Then they decided to drive both cars across the road to the new Burger King. It was a few minutes before midnight, closing time for the restaurant. The two vehicles pulled in. Two men got out of the black sedan – the car has never been identified...

Posted: 8 hours ago

The four men – two in each car – had a rendezvous at a gas station near I-285. Then they decided to drive both cars across the road to the new Burger King. It was a few minutes before midnight, closing time for the restaurant. The two vehicles pulled in. Two men got out of the black sedan – the car has never been identified...
Charges reinstated in Waffle House sex tape case
 The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated criminal charges against the former housekeeper of Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers Jr. and her two Marietta attorneys for allegedly conspiring to secretly videotape Rogers engaging in sex acts. The high court, in a 9-0 opinion, partly overturned a Fulton County judge’s decision...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated criminal charges against the former housekeeper of Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers Jr. and her two Marietta attorneys for allegedly conspiring to secretly videotape Rogers engaging in sex acts. The high court, in a 9-0 opinion, partly overturned a Fulton County judge’s decision...
Court declares Northside Hospital’s operations can’t be kept secret
 The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday declared that records related to a corporation’s operation of Northside Hospital are public records, a decision that delighted open government proponents. But the court declined to resolve a dispute between the hospital and an attorney who sought records of Northside’s $100 million acquisition...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday declared that records related to a corporation’s operation of Northside Hospital are public records, a decision that delighted open government proponents. But the court declined to resolve a dispute between the hospital and an attorney who sought records of Northside’s $100 million acquisition...
Charges reinstated in Waffle House sex tape case
 The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated criminal charges against the ex-housekeeper of Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers Jr. and her two Marietta attorneys for allegedly conspiring to secretly videotape Rogers engaging in sex acts. The high court, in a 9-0 opinion, partly overturned a Fulton County judge’s decision that dismissed...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated criminal charges against the ex-housekeeper of Waffle House Chairman Joe Rogers Jr. and her two Marietta attorneys for allegedly conspiring to secretly videotape Rogers engaging in sex acts. The high court, in a 9-0 opinion, partly overturned a Fulton County judge’s decision that dismissed...
Justice Breyer to discuss ‘The Court and the World’
 Upon taking the bench, Justice Stephen Breyer estimates the U.S. Supreme Court had only two or three cases on its docket involving the intersection of U.S. law and the laws of foreign nations. Now, that number has increased to 15 to 20. “That’s because of changes in the world,” Breyer said in a recent interview with The...

Posted: 19 days ago

Upon taking the bench, Justice Stephen Breyer estimates the U.S. Supreme Court had only two or three cases on its docket involving the intersection of U.S. law and the laws of foreign nations. Now, that number has increased to 15 to 20. “That’s because of changes in the world,” Breyer said in a recent interview with The...
Suspect asks for ‘lawyer dog’ — gets neither

Posted: 19 days ago

Without a comma, the request for a “lawyer dog” was a bit confusing. With a comma, it made all the sense in the world. In a recent 6-1 decision, the Louisiana Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Warren Demesme, who awaits trial on sexual assault charges. Demesme contends that his police interview improperly continued after he...
Public has no right to courtroom recordings, Georgia justices rule
 The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the public may not obtain or even copy audio recordings of courtroom proceedings that are made by taxpayer-funded stenographers. The unanimous decision rejected an attempt by the popular podcast “Undisclosed” to copy a court reporter’s audiotape of a 2001 murder trial in Floyd...

Posted: 21 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the public may not obtain or even copy audio recordings of courtroom proceedings that are made by taxpayer-funded stenographers. The unanimous decision rejected an attempt by the popular podcast “Undisclosed” to copy a court reporter’s audiotape of a 2001 murder trial in Floyd...
‘Breakdown’ S05 Ep. 2.5: McIver trial delayed, with fireworks
 Two weeks before Claud “Tex” McIver’s murder trial was to begin, the prosecution filed an unusual motion. The state wanted to delay the trial, scheduled for Oct. 30 because, it said, the defense might not be ready. “What am I supposed to do with that?” said William Hill, lead defense attorney for McIver. &ldquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

Two weeks before Claud “Tex” McIver’s murder trial was to begin, the prosecution filed an unusual motion. The state wanted to delay the trial, scheduled for Oct. 30 because, it said, the defense might not be ready. “What am I supposed to do with that?” said William Hill, lead defense attorney for McIver. &ldquo...
‘Breakdown’ S05 Ep. 2: Whirlwind romance, storybook wedding, tragic death
 Tex McIver won’t be going on trial this month — or this year — but the murder indictment and other felony charges against him stand. A Fulton County judge last week continued McIver’s trial to March 5 and set conditions for McIver to get out of jail while awaiting trial. McIver has already been released on bond once...

Posted: 28 days ago

Tex McIver won’t be going on trial this month — or this year — but the murder indictment and other felony charges against him stand. A Fulton County judge last week continued McIver’s trial to March 5 and set conditions for McIver to get out of jail while awaiting trial. McIver has already been released on bond once...
Tex McIver murder trial delayed until March
 The murder trial of Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was delayed Wednesday until March 5, and the judge cleared the way for McIver to leave jail until then. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney late Wednesday set several conditions for McIver’s release. They include a $750,000 bond, of which McIver will...

7:07 PM Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

The murder trial of Atlanta attorney Claud “Tex” McIver was delayed Wednesday until March 5, and the judge cleared the way for McIver to leave jail until then. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney late Wednesday set several conditions for McIver’s release. They include a $750,000 bond, of which McIver will...