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Judge resigns after sending Georgia woman to jail on her wedding anniversary over a traffic ticket

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A municipal judge in Decatur, Georgia has resigned after publication of a controversial jail sentence he gave a woman who he claimed lied about a traffic ticket.

As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Judge Lindsay Jones, who was a municipal court judge in the Atlanta suburb, sentenced Shari Hurston Tatum to two days in jail on November 8 after he claimed she was guilty of perjury for lying about a traffic ticket.

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Tatum, who “waived her right to an attorney and jury trial, but demanded a bench hearing,” was sentenced to jail time during her 20th wedding anniversary because Jones said video of her traffic violation that resulted in her ticket proved she was lying.

When the Journal-Constitution first reported on the story last Thursday, Judge Jones insisted that he didn’t resign before Decatur Chief Municipal Judge Rhathelia Stroud, but on Monday Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss confirmed that he had resigned. Chief Judge Stroud also confirmed that Jones “tendered his verbal resignation” shortly after the report was published.


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WSJ slams Trump for ‘hurting the country’ by ‘debasing’ the presidency: ‘Ugly even for him’

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President Donald Trump was slammed by the editorial board of the conservative Wall Street Journal on Tuesday evening.

“Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz’s father and the JFK assassination—but his latest accusation against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is ugly even for him,” the newspaper noted. “Mr. Trump has been tweeting the suggestion that Mr. Scarborough might have had something to do with the death in 2001 of a young woman who worked in his Florida office when Mr. Scarborough was a GOP Congressman.”

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‘We have them outnumbered’: Morning Joe explains why Trump’s ‘vile’ tweets don’t work on most people

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough explained why most Americans could not be dragged down to President Donald Trump's level, hurling angry attacks and ignoring scientific advice.

The "Morning Joe" host said the president's refusal to wear a mask and his murder allegations against him would fall flat with most Americans, because they didn't spend all day stoking their own anger on social media.

"Most Americans don't live in the gutters of Twitter," Scarborough said. "Most Americans don't live posting hateful things about people on Facebook. They talk about their loved ones, they talk about their faith in God, they talk about their children, their grandchildren. We have them outnumbered."

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BUSTED: Trump task force member’s senate campaign got a $2.5 million loan from bank he helped run

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Bill Hagerty, a former U.S. ambassador to Japan who is now a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Tennessee, has secured campaign funds from a number of people and corporate entities connected to the White House economic recovery council — of which he's a member.

Since September, the Hagerty campaign has pulled in $33,000 in campaign contributions from corporations and individuals on the task force. The campaign also took out a $2.5 million loan from Pinnacle Financial Partners on March 27, the same day that President Trump signed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

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