Wednesday, July 31, 2013

First Slice 7/31/13: Georgia threatens to sue website for publishing legal code

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Got to go? TOO BAD!

A coalition of advocates has been protesting their prostates off with the hopes that MARTA will reopen restrooms in a number of - if not all of - its stations. Since July 2 protestors have gathered twice each day at different MARTA stations to denounce the closures. The transit authority shuttered all but nine back in 2010 due to budget cuts, and contends all except the lavatories at the Five Points stations were built for staff use and not the public's.

Cecil Alexander - a renowned architect that shaped Atlanta's skyline with the likes of the Coca-Cola headquarters, what once was the BellSouth tower, the Fulton County Stadium, and other iconic landmarks - passed away Tuesday at the age of 95 [MyAJC (not yours) pay wall alert].

A Douglasville man was denied bond for stealing $56.55 worth of merchandise from Walmart largely due to his felony criminal record dating back to 1969. Albert Eason, 68, was already on the docket for a court appearance in August for allegedly stealing mail out of a mailbox.

Speaking of wacky crimes, though this one is a little more gruesome, a Warner Robbins man reportedly sped up and drove his truck into a flock of geese feeding outside a Stevie B's restaurant. William Cook, 52, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and is free on a $1,100 bond.

The state of Georgia is threatening to sue Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.org for publishing the state's annotated legal code. As this TechDirt article explains, the guv'ment may actually be on firm legal grounds for the suite, but when it comes to common sense and people being able to easily access the laws they're expected to obey ... well.

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