A federal judge ordered Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jail this morning for violating the terms of his bond in his perjury case, a decision the judge said he would have made for any ‘‘John Six-Pack’’ defendant before him.
The mayor made an unauthorized trip to Canada last month, leading the county prosecutor’s office to request Kilpatrick be punished and triggering the judge’s ruling.
Only minutes earlier, the mayor offered an apology to the court, telling District Court Judge Ronald Giles that for seven months, ‘‘I’ve been living in an incredible state of pressure and scrutiny.’’
But Giles sent the mayor to jail anyway, telling him he would have given any defendant the same treatment.
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‘‘What matters to me though is how the court overall is perceived and how if it was not Kwame Kilpatrick sitting in that seat, if it was John Six-Pack sitting in that seat, what would I do? And that answer is simple,’’ he said.
Kilpatrick’s attorneys immediately headed across town to circuit court where they intended to ask a judge there to release their client on appeal.
– Associated Press
Jobless claims rise to highest since 2002
The number of newly laid off people signing up for jobless benefits last week unexpectedly climbed to its highest point in more than six years as the faltering economy forced companies to cut back.
The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications filed for unemployment insurance rose by a seasonally adjusted 7,000 to 455,000 for the week ending Aug. 2. The increase left claims at their highest level since late March 2002.
A program to locate people eligible for jobless benefits played a role in the increase, a Labor Department analyst said. However, the analyst couldn’t say how much of a role.
The latest snapshot of layoff filings was worse than analysts expected. They were forecasting new claims to drop to around 430,000.
The data disappointed Wall Street and the White House. The Dow Jones industrials fell more than 100 points in morning trading.
‘‘The job market isn’t strong right now as we work through the downturn in housing and high energy prices. We would like to see more job creation,’’ said White House spokesman Tony Fratto. He credited the government’s stimulus program as a helpful cushion.
– Associated Press
Atlanta judge’s widow accepts $5 million settlement
The wife of a judge slain during a 2005 rampage that started at the Fulton County Courthouse has agreed to a settlement of more than $5 million.
Claudia Barnes said this morning she has settled claims against Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freeman and other current and former deputies.
She is the wife of the late Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, one of four victims of a shooting spree blamed on Brian Nichols.
Claudia Barnes said today she was ‘‘happy’’ about the settlement.
Nichols, who could face the death penalty, is charged with killing Barnes, a court reporter, a deputy and a federal agent on March 11, 2005. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
– Associated Press
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