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Torpy at Large: When bail reform means you bail on returning to court

Torpy at Large: When bail reform means you bail on returning to court

The city of Atlanta this year allowed a lot more low-level offenders to be released on their own signature rather than having to scrounge up cash for bail. But preliminary figures show many defendants aren’t worth their John Hancocks. Numbers mustered up by Atlanta Municipal Court Chief Judge Christopher Portis for a limited snapshot shows that 71 percent more defendants are skipping bond...
Torpy at Large: Why MARTA remains on track to run into more drama

Torpy at Large: Why MARTA remains on track to run into more drama

The MARTA board voted 10-zip on Thursday to push forward a plan to spend $2.7 billion to expand transit within the borders of Atlanta. But that unanimous — and historic — vote didn’t necessarily mean things were all warm and fuzzy or that folks were breaking out in hugs. When there’s that much public cash at stake, passions rise, regional jealousies intensify and...