Georgia News Roundup
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Rochelle residents sue city over sewage discharge

ROCHELLE, Ga. (AP) — A group of residents in Rochelle, Ga. have filed a federal lawsuit accusing city officials of allowing raw sewage to discharge onto their properties.

Earthjustice attorney Alisa Coe says Rochelle's black and white populations are divided by a set of railroad tracks — with most white residents living south of the tracks and most black residents living on the north side.

Coe says the city has repaired nearly 70-year-old pipes south of the tracks, but hasn't made upgrades to pipes on the north end.

The city's African-American residents say raw sewage has flowed into their houses through bathtub drains, and they've occasionally had to remove plugs from sewage pipes to divert waste to their yards instead of their homes.

A call to the city's attorney was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Jury in Victor Hill case undecided on 5 charges

JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Jurors hearing the racketeering trial of a Clayton County sheriff say they have yet to vote on five charges, including theft and making a false statement.

The judge presiding over the Victor Hill trial told the jury to resume deliberations after lunch Thursday afternoon.

Hill was elected last year despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges. He wasn't in office when he was indicted in February 2012, but the charges stem from his previous term as the county's sheriff, from 2005 to 2008.

The indictment accuses Hill of using his office for personal gain, including using county vehicles and credit cards for vacations after he lost a bid for re-election in 2008.

Defense attorneys have said the accusations are attacks by political rivals.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Prosecutor calls Sneiderman a liar in closing

By Kate Brumback, Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — The DeKalb County district attorney repeatedly attacked Andrea Sneiderman in his closing statement, at one point yelling at her "You are a liar."

District Attorney Robert James revisited the prosecution's theme from its opening argument that the case amounts to a "forbidden romance that ends in murder." James said Sneiderman lied repeatedly to her friends and family, to police and to a jury.

Closing statements in the trial began Thursday after Sneiderman declined to testify.

Andrea Sneiderman's husband Rusty Sneiderman was fatally shot in November 2010. Her former boss Hemy Neuman was convicted in the killing but was found mentally ill.

Prosecutors say Sneiderman lied to police investigating the killing and lied under oath during Neuman's trial. She faces charges of making false statements, hindering an investigation and perjury.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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New Georgia Supreme Court chief justice sworn in

ATLANTA (AP) — A new chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court has been sworn in.

Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice Hugh Thompson took his new role during a ceremony Thursday.

Thompson, of Milledgeville, was sworn in by former Gov. Zell Miller. Before being appointed to the state Supreme Court in 1994, Thompson served as superior court judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, which spans eight counties. He was appointed to that position in 1979.

Justice P. Harris Hines was sworn in as the state Supreme Court's new presiding justice. The presiding justice serves in leadership roles when the chief justice is absent.

Former Gov. Zell Miller, who appointed both Thompson and Hines, administered the oath of office to both men.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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