Kevin Riley

Kevin Riley is the editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Visit his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ajceditor

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‘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: 3 days 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...
Opinion: Courtroom recordings should be public
 The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the public doesn’t have a right to recordings that are made of the proceedings in courtrooms around the state. In a decision it issued on Oct. 30, the court ruled that the public may not obtain or even copy audio recordings of courtroom proceedings that are made by court reporters. This matter...

Posted: 12 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the public doesn’t have a right to recordings that are made of the proceedings in courtrooms around the state. In a decision it issued on Oct. 30, the court ruled that the public may not obtain or even copy audio recordings of courtroom proceedings that are made by court reporters. This matter...
Opinion: Final chapter in a tragic story
 It was an odd and awkward reunion in Courtroom 8A in the Fulton County Justice Tower on that recent Friday afternoon. As the hearing scheduled for 3:30 approached, the groups gathered in separate corners of the courtroom; some nodded an acknowledgement to others while others ignored each other, still cast in the roles designed for us by circumstance...

Posted: 26 days ago

It was an odd and awkward reunion in Courtroom 8A in the Fulton County Justice Tower on that recent Friday afternoon. As the hearing scheduled for 3:30 approached, the groups gathered in separate corners of the courtroom; some nodded an acknowledgement to others while others ignored each other, still cast in the roles designed for us by circumstance...
Opinion: We make sense of unfolding history
 Between the time you start and finish reading this column, there’s a good chance that some breaking news has come out of Washington, D.C. It might be that President Trump has tweeted something, sending the Washington press corps into a frenzy. Or maybe a Democrat in Congress has shot back at him over a tweet. One of his cabinet members...

7:00 PM Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Between the time you start and finish reading this column, there’s a good chance that some breaking news has come out of Washington, D.C. It might be that President Trump has tweeted something, sending the Washington press corps into a frenzy. Or maybe a Democrat in Congress has shot back at him over a tweet. One of his cabinet members...
Opinion: Really understanding Stone Mountain’s history
 When you visit Stone Mountain Park, you might not even see the large carving of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. You can’t see it if you trek the hiking trail to the top of the mountain, a favorite activity at the park. If you visit the attractions, you’ll spot dinosaurs and trains, but the carving isn&rsquo...

2:41 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

When you visit Stone Mountain Park, you might not even see the large carving of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis. You can’t see it if you trek the hiking trail to the top of the mountain, a favorite activity at the park. If you visit the attractions, you’ll spot dinosaurs and trains, but the carving isn&rsquo...
Opinion: Analyzing local firm’s big missteps
 About a week-and-a-half ago, Equifax, the credit reporting and data security firm that is one of Atlanta’s leading companies, announced that it was a victim in one of most significant data breaches ever. And then things got even worse. First, the breach itself apparently exposed the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and...

10:00 AM Friday, Sep. 15, 2017

About a week-and-a-half ago, Equifax, the credit reporting and data security firm that is one of Atlanta’s leading companies, announced that it was a victim in one of most significant data breaches ever. And then things got even worse. First, the breach itself apparently exposed the Social Security numbers, dates of birth, names and...
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5:28 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

Editor’s Note: In times of danger and uncertainty, information is vital to public safety. To spread information as widely as possible, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has made all digital content, including premium content usually reserved for subscribers, available for free on our websites. We want Georgians and visitors to our state...
Opinion: Timeless story of monster raises modern questions
 How would you like to meet the notorious Frankenstein’s monster? You have that chance. I know what you’re thinking. Hollywood, fearful of a fresh idea and always up for action-filled, special-effects-riddled remakes, must be redoing the 1931 Boris Karloff flick. Where are they filming it, you wonder. Who’s playing the...

4:00 PM Friday, Sep. 01, 2017

How would you like to meet the notorious Frankenstein’s monster? You have that chance. I know what you’re thinking. Hollywood, fearful of a fresh idea and always up for action-filled, special-effects-riddled remakes, must be redoing the 1931 Boris Karloff flick. Where are they filming it, you wonder. Who’s playing the...
Opinion: Context shouldn’t be monuments’ Lost Cause
 Our country’s tension over Confederate statues and monuments isn’t going away anytime soon. The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have guaranteed that we’ll be forced to confront why we have hundreds of statues and memorials that were erected to honor our country’s deadliest dispute over our worst practice...

8:00 PM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Our country’s tension over Confederate statues and monuments isn’t going away anytime soon. The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have guaranteed that we’ll be forced to confront why we have hundreds of statues and memorials that were erected to honor our country’s deadliest dispute over our worst practice...
A close look at American justice

4:00 PM Friday, Jul. 21, 2017

A couple of weeks ago in this column, I shared with you that I’d received a jury summons in the mail. I was told to call to see if I was required to show up on a Monday morning at the Fulton County Justice Center Tower. Well, I was. And as I headed downtown, I didn’t anticipate the remarkable week I was in for and the indelible...
Opinion: A sacred duty of citizenship

4:00 PM Friday, Jul. 07, 2017

The official-looking notice arrived in the mail, on the day before Father’s Day. “JURY SUMMONS. PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.” My breathing quickened. I thought of vacation and other plans I had for the summer, including plenty at work. I set the envelope aside for a couple of days. After all, I thought, I probably...