Category: courts - Daily Agenda - Atlanta Magazine
 
 
 
Archives
 

WWTPT? (What Would Tyler Perry Trademark?)

Imagining what could be next for the the actor-director who just trademarked WWJD

As further evidence that he always gets what he wants (well, everything except an Oscar), Atlanta film mogul and Caribbean island owner Tyler Perry has won a trademark battle over the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” This despite the fact that the other party, Kimberly Kearney, reportedly filed for the trademark months before Perry ever did. No, Tyler Perry did not coin this phrase. (Nor did Kearney.) But evidently, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, that doesn’t matter. It occurred to us that this could be the beginning of an avalanche of applications with the Trademark Office by Perry and his sycophants. Heck, if he can have “What Would Jesus Do?”, it’s only a matter of time before he attaches his name to other phrases. And so, we can expect the following soon: Read more...

Twins sentenced in case of murdered, buried journalist

Cormier brothers point fingers at each other while the judge punishes both

Taking the stand at his own murder trial, a tearful William Cormier III implied that it was not him, but his twin brother, Christopher, who [killed former journalist Sean Dugas in his Pensacola, Florida home][1] in 2012. But the Escambia County jury was unmoved, convicting William of murder and sentencing him to life in prison without parole. Read more...

There is a new King family legal drama

Bernice King: "Our father MUST be turning in his grave"

Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are no strangers to the Fulton County courthouse. Their legal dramas have been the subject of news stories for years. In the latest wrangling, brothers Dexter and Martin, filed a complaint on Friday, asking their younger sister, Bernice, to turn over MLK's Nobel Peace Prize and his Bible. Read more...

Ed Kramer pleads guilty to molestation charges

It's his most drastic step, but once again the DragonCon cofounder is avoiding trial

On Monday, finally docketed as the day jury selection was to begin, Kramer actually expedited the legal process by pleading guilty to three counts of felony child molestation in Gwinnett County Superior Court. In exchange, the DragonCon co-founder was sentenced to five years house arrest for each count, to be served concurrently. Read more...

Teen who says Dekalb cop beat him talks

Youth also claims he was wrongfully incarcerated

Antwan Wheeler remembers that he and two of his friends were walking along a residential street to a nightclub for teens in South Dekalb when he first spotted the police car slowing as it came over the hill. It was December 23, 2010, just after 8 p.m. A fifteen-year-old with an extensive criminal background, including two felony convictions, Wheeler had had run-ins with this particular cop before. And even though he says he wasn’t breaking the law at this moment, he was bracing himself for the usual hassle and interrogation. Read more...