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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

Police dog wins legal battle after burglary suspect sues over bite
 Dog bites man. Man sues dog. Dog wins. The dog was Draco, a prized member of the Gwinnett County Police Department’s K-9 unit. But on July 6, 2013, Draco bit the arm of burglary suspect Randall Kevin Jones, who later claimed the dog clamped down for what “seemed like a lifetime.” Jones was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center...

Posted: a day ago

Dog bites man. Man sues dog. Dog wins. The dog was Draco, a prized member of the Gwinnett County Police Department’s K-9 unit. But on July 6, 2013, Draco bit the arm of burglary suspect Randall Kevin Jones, who later claimed the dog clamped down for what “seemed like a lifetime.” Jones was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center...
Draco the Gwinnett police dog wins suit filed by burglar he bit
 If Draco, the prized police K-9 dog sued for biting a suspect, lost his case, what would he pay in damages? Would the court garnish his dog treats and biscuits? Would he have to relinquish his favorite bone? The notion of a dog having to pay damages in an excessive-use-of-force case was one of the reasons the federal appeals court in...

Posted: 2 days ago

If Draco, the prized police K-9 dog sued for biting a suspect, lost his case, what would he pay in damages? Would the court garnish his dog treats and biscuits? Would he have to relinquish his favorite bone? The notion of a dog having to pay damages in an excessive-use-of-force case was one of the reasons the federal appeals court in...
Immigration judge reverses himself on racial profiling ruling
 In an about-face, a U.S. immigration judge has reversed his opinion that federal agents engaged in “egregious” racial profiling when they arrested a man as he left his Atlanta apartment complex in March to catch a ride to work. The judge, Dan Pelletier of U.S. Immigration Court in Atlanta, now has found that the two Immigration...

Posted: 3 days ago

In an about-face, a U.S. immigration judge has reversed his opinion that federal agents engaged in “egregious” racial profiling when they arrested a man as he left his Atlanta apartment complex in March to catch a ride to work. The judge, Dan Pelletier of U.S. Immigration Court in Atlanta, now has found that the two Immigration...
Bitten burglar sues and loses; Draco the police dog prevails
 Dog bites man. Man sues dog. Dog wins. The dog was Draco, a prized member of the Gwinnett County Police Department’s K-9 unit. But on July 6, 2013, Draco bit the arm of burglary suspect Randall Kevin Jones, who later claimed the dog clamped down for what “seemed like a lifetime.” Jones was taken to Gwinnett Medical...

Posted: 3 days ago

Dog bites man. Man sues dog. Dog wins. The dog was Draco, a prized member of the Gwinnett County Police Department’s K-9 unit. But on July 6, 2013, Draco bit the arm of burglary suspect Randall Kevin Jones, who later claimed the dog clamped down for what “seemed like a lifetime.” Jones was taken to Gwinnett Medical...
Suit alleges discriminatory policies in LaGrange
The city of LaGrange uses discriminatory policies that unlawfully restrict access by African-Americans and Latinos to basic utility services, contends a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

Posted: 7 days ago

The city of LaGrange uses discriminatory policies that unlawfully restrict access by African-Americans and Latinos to basic utility services, contends a federal lawsuit filed Thursday.
Charges dropped against judge accused of jailing people indefinitely
 Fulton County prosecutors have dropped felony charges against Amanda Williams, the former chief judge in Brunswick who resigned from the bench in disgrace after being slapped with a dozen ethics charges. Almost two years ago, a Fulton grand jury indicted Williams, 70, accusing her of making a false statement while being interviewed by...

Posted: 9 days ago

Fulton County prosecutors have dropped felony charges against Amanda Williams, the former chief judge in Brunswick who resigned from the bench in disgrace after being slapped with a dozen ethics charges. Almost two years ago, a Fulton grand jury indicted Williams, 70, accusing her of making a false statement while being interviewed by...
Georgia executes J.W. Ledford for 1992 murder of neighbor
 In its first execution this year, Georgia has put to death J.W. “Boy” Ledford Jr. for the 1992 murder of his 73-year-old neighbor Dr. Harry Johnston, the physician who delivered Ledford when he was born. The lethal injection was carried out at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson....

Posted: 9 days ago

In its first execution this year, Georgia has put to death J.W. “Boy” Ledford Jr. for the 1992 murder of his 73-year-old neighbor Dr. Harry Johnston, the physician who delivered Ledford when he was born. The lethal injection was carried out at 1:17 a.m. Wednesday at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson....
Charges dropped against ‘tough love’ judge Amanda Williams
 Fulton County prosecutors have dropped felony charges against Amanda Williams, the former chief judge in Brunswick who resigned from the bench in disgrace after being slapped with a dozen ethics charges. Almost two years ago, a Fulton grand jury indicted Williams, 70, of making a false statement while being interviewed by the state&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

Fulton County prosecutors have dropped felony charges against Amanda Williams, the former chief judge in Brunswick who resigned from the bench in disgrace after being slapped with a dozen ethics charges. Almost two years ago, a Fulton grand jury indicted Williams, 70, of making a false statement while being interviewed by the state&rsquo...
High court ruling on jury flaws may throw Fulton courts into chaos
 The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday found that Fulton County has been improperly compiling names of residents for its jury pool, a ruling that could create chaos in the busy court system. It also could affect the outcome of the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating case. Shortly before the months-long trial, which resulted in the convictions...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday found that Fulton County has been improperly compiling names of residents for its jury pool, a ruling that could create chaos in the busy court system. It also could affect the outcome of the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating case. Shortly before the months-long trial, which resulted in the convictions...
Sally Yates: One person’s hack is another person’s hero
 Sally Yates joined the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta with the idea that she would stay a few years, get some courtroom experience and then return to private practice. But she spent the next 27 years with the U.S. Justice Department, staying on until President Trump showed her the door on Jan. 30. As acting attorney general...

Posted: 10 days ago

Sally Yates joined the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta with the idea that she would stay a few years, get some courtroom experience and then return to private practice. But she spent the next 27 years with the U.S. Justice Department, staying on until President Trump showed her the door on Jan. 30. As acting attorney general...