Death row inmate seeks reprieve
ATLANTA - A Georgia death row inmate scheduled to be put to death next week asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to grant him a reprieve until the justices resolve an Alabama death penalty case that his attorney said could affect his legal challenge.
Mark McClain asked the court to delay the execution until it decides another case that prompted the court last month to delay the execution of a Texas man. McClain's attorney, Brian Kammer, urged the court to delay the Georgia execution, too, saying the ruling could 'alter the legal prism' through which his client's case is viewed.
The Alabama case, set to be heard in November, centers on whether a new trial should be granted if a trial lawyer failed to raise certain objections during the penalty phase of a trial.
Kammer urged the court in legal briefings to wait until it rules on the Alabama case 'rather than allow his execution to go forward with a question hanging over this case.' He said, 'fundamental fairness and decency warrants a stay in this case.'
Teachers sue for bonuses
ATLANTA - A group of Georgia teachers are suing the state for cutting the salary bonuses they received for getting extra certification.
The lawsuit filed in Fulton County Superior Court last week demands that the 2,500 national board certified teachers in Georgia be given the 10 percent salary supplement they were promised by a law adopted more than a decade ago. Earlier this year the state cut back the bonus from 10 percent of a teacher's salary to 10 percent of a starting salary for an educator to help fill a massive budget hole.
And the state has eliminated bonuses for teachers who applied for national board certification after March 1, 2009.
Morehouse student shot
ATLANTA - Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington said uniformed officers will patrol some of the city's college campuses after a string of attacks on students.
Pennington made the announcement Tuesday after a Morehouse College student was shot in the arm and robbed around 1 a.m as he walked home from the campus library. Pennington said the unidentified student was released from Grady Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning.
Two Georgia Tech students were robbed over the weekend as they walked near campus and a Spelman College student was killed Sept. 3 by a stray bullet on Clark Atlanta University's campus.