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Torpy at Large: Will DFCS leader continue to be disposable?

Torpy at Large: Will DFCS leader continue to be disposable?

Gov. Nathan Deal just appointed longtime child advocate Tom Rawlings as interim director of the Division of Family and Children Services, a job also known as Human Cannon Fodder. Heading the agency charged with protecting vulnerable kids in awful homes is arguably the toughest and most frustrating job the state has to offer. The gig often explodes in the face of the dutiful leader, despite his or...
Torpy at Large: Fulton judge’s bad bet on mercy will ripple for years

Torpy at Large: Fulton judge’s bad bet on mercy will ripple for years

In March, a Fulton County judge released a young hoodlum named Jayden Myrick over repeated objections of prosecutors. In July, he allegedly shot to death a young father during a stickup outside the Capital City Club in Atlanta. For nearly eight months, Fulton Superior Court Judge Doris Downs anguished and deliberated whether to release the teen who was 14 when he robbed a woman at gunpoint...