Alan Judd

Alan Judd is an investigative reporter for the AJC, where he has worked since 1999. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

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Voter drive raised millions, but Abrams won’t say from whom
 Stacey Abrams’ name was nowhere to be found on statewide ballots in the 2014 elections. In Georgia’s House District 89, which she had represented since 2007, she didn’t even have an opponent. But Abrams was nonetheless directing a sprawling, well-funded campaign, one that established her as a major political figure in Georgia...

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Stacey Abrams’ name was nowhere to be found on statewide ballots in the 2014 elections. In Georgia’s House District 89, which she had represented since 2007, she didn’t even have an opponent. But Abrams was nonetheless directing a sprawling, well-funded campaign, one that established her as a major political figure in Georgia...
New details emerge about judge’s determination to give leniency to teen now accused of murder
 Police arrested a second suspect Thursday in a fatal shooting outside a north Atlanta country club as new details emerged about the leniency granted in an earlier case to the 17-year-old accused gunman. Jayden Myrick, who was arrested in the shooting last month, was “the big test case” for reforming juvenile offenders outside...

6:06 PM Thursday, Aug. 02, 2018

Police arrested a second suspect Thursday in a fatal shooting outside a north Atlanta country club as new details emerged about the leniency granted in an earlier case to the 17-year-old accused gunman. Jayden Myrick, who was arrested in the shooting last month, was “the big test case” for reforming juvenile offenders outside...
Program claims unblemished record, but questions abound in murder case
 The private organization that supervised a teenager now accused of murder claimed Monday it has an unblemished record of reforming young, often violent criminals. But just one day before police charged Jayden Myrick, 17, with killing a man shot during a robbery outside an Atlanta country club, a judge revoked the probation of Myrick&rsquo...

12:40 AM Tuesday, Jul. 31, 2018

The private organization that supervised a teenager now accused of murder claimed Monday it has an unblemished record of reforming young, often violent criminals. But just one day before police charged Jayden Myrick, 17, with killing a man shot during a robbery outside an Atlanta country club, a judge revoked the probation of Myrick&rsquo...
‘Visionary’ didn’t keep promises to help violent teenager
 One day last August, Gwendolyn Sands stood before a Fulton County judge and promised to rehabilitate a teenage boy already well on his way to a life of violence. She called herself a visionary. Her organization, Visions Unlimited, would pair the boy with a “life coach” for “24/7 supervision,” Sands told the judge....

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 28, 2018

One day last August, Gwendolyn Sands stood before a Fulton County judge and promised to rehabilitate a teenage boy already well on his way to a life of violence. She called herself a visionary. Her organization, Visions Unlimited, would pair the boy with a “life coach” for “24/7 supervision,” Sands told the judge....
‘Concerns,’ but no consequences, after suicides in mental health system
 The 16-year-old drew pictures that scared her mother. Angels crying tears of blood. Devils. People hanging from trees. Then the girl attempted suicide, and her mother sought help from Georgia’s community-based mental health system. But therapists never flagged the girl’s risk for suicide, even after she inflicted what they...

12:00 AM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

The 16-year-old drew pictures that scared her mother. Angels crying tears of blood. Devils. People hanging from trees. Then the girl attempted suicide, and her mother sought help from Georgia’s community-based mental health system. But therapists never flagged the girl’s risk for suicide, even after she inflicted what they...
In jailhouse calls, Josh Pastner’s accusers suggest charges fabricated
 Ron Bell sat in an Arizona jail, stewing and swearing. He was trying to figure out how he could avoid extradition to Georgia for an old probation violation. And, in remarkably vulgar terms, he was blaming this predicament on his girlfriend, the woman he claimed was sexually assaulted by his former friend, Georgia Tech men’s basketball...

7:06 PM Friday, Jul. 06, 2018

Ron Bell sat in an Arizona jail, stewing and swearing. He was trying to figure out how he could avoid extradition to Georgia for an old probation violation. And, in remarkably vulgar terms, he was blaming this predicament on his girlfriend, the woman he claimed was sexually assaulted by his former friend, Georgia Tech men’s basketball...
Lawyers for Pastner’s accusers cast doubt on evidence of sexual assault
 An Arizona man claimed to have one piece of irrefutable evidence that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted his girlfriend: a T-shirt onto which the coach allegedly ejaculated. But on Friday, amid mounting indications that Pastner was the victim of an elaborate con, the man’s own lawyers suggested...

8:20 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

An Arizona man claimed to have one piece of irrefutable evidence that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted his girlfriend: a T-shirt onto which the coach allegedly ejaculated. But on Friday, amid mounting indications that Pastner was the victim of an elaborate con, the man’s own lawyers suggested...
In #MeToo era, AMA asked to confront doctors’ sexual misconduct
 Nobody was more surprised than Dr. Meg Edison when another physician in her office was accused of sexual misconduct with a patient. That doctor, Dwayne Cook, was married, the father of seven children. He led weekly Bible studies. He drank neither coffee nor wine and couldn’t recognize the smell of burning marijuana. He seemed, Edison...

4:58 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

Nobody was more surprised than Dr. Meg Edison when another physician in her office was accused of sexual misconduct with a patient. That doctor, Dwayne Cook, was married, the father of seven children. He led weekly Bible studies. He drank neither coffee nor wine and couldn’t recognize the smell of burning marijuana. He seemed, Edison...
17 former students now allege sex abuse at Georgia boarding school
 A year after reports surfaced of decades-old sexual abuse at a Georgia boarding school, seven more former students say they, too, were victims. Sixteen former students of the Darlington School in Rome now allege that a longtime English teacher and dorm master molested or sexually harassed them during the 1970s and 1980s. Another former...

9:12 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

A year after reports surfaced of decades-old sexual abuse at a Georgia boarding school, seven more former students say they, too, were victims. Sixteen former students of the Darlington School in Rome now allege that a longtime English teacher and dorm master molested or sexually harassed them during the 1970s and 1980s. Another former...
Sex assault claims against Tech coach an elaborate con, report says
 Ron Bell presented himself as Josh Pastner’s biggest fan. So when the Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach didn’t show the proper appreciation for his loyalty, Bell lashed out. “You know in poker, Kerri, they say that if you can’t spot the sucker at the table, then the sucker is you,” Bell texted the coach&rsquo...

4:18 PM Monday, Jun. 04, 2018

Ron Bell presented himself as Josh Pastner’s biggest fan. So when the Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach didn’t show the proper appreciation for his loyalty, Bell lashed out. “You know in poker, Kerri, they say that if you can’t spot the sucker at the table, then the sucker is you,” Bell texted the coach&rsquo...
Georgia Tech investigation dismisses claim basketball coach sexually assaulted woman
 An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan. A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of...

2:16 PM Monday, Jun. 04, 2018

An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan. A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of...