Athens News Courier (Newspaper) - February 11, 2009, Athens, Alabama
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Rattler flies high
Tanner's Latraius Mosley soars past 2,000-point career scoring mark.
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GM slashes more jobs
General Motors is planning to cut another 10,000 salaried jobs this year, saying the cuts are unavoidable with a government restructuring deadline looming and industrywide sales in one of the worst downturns in history.
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By Karen Middleton karenfS }athensnews-courii r.crni Jamal Woods, 24, who is accused of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two Athens men two years ago, testified Tuesday that his mother always told him, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But when the village doing the childrearing is the Los Angeles “hood,” the African proverb takes a sharp downward turn.
That is one of the defense avenues attorneys Larry Morgan and Alan
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Mann are taking in trying to save Woods from death row on the capital murder charge. They say their client has an anti-social disorder resulting from his childhood on the streets of*South Central L.A.
Woods was indicted for capital murder in the shooting deaths of Tan-
See Murder trial, page 3A
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Jamal Woods, above, takes the stand in his capital murder trial Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court. He is accused of shooting to death two Athens men and wounding two others.
Circuit clerk’s office moving
Marta Poole, Melesa Tommie and Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page load boxes to prepare to move files to the second floor of the courthouse.
Clerk s quarters temporarily relocating during renovation
By Kelly Kazek
kt'llytg'athensnews-courier.com Now that renovations are complete on the Limestone County District Attorney’s office space in the historic courthouse in downtown Athens, county commissioners are ready for work to begin on the Circuit .Court Clerk’s offices.
Clerk Charles Page said when finished, his first-floor offices will have the same look as the DA’s offices and will give him more space and the ability to better organize the many documents kept on file there.
The Circuit Clerk's office will close to the public for only one day - this Friday - and will re-open Tuesday morning. However, traffic court will continue as scheduled, Clerk Charles Page said.
The Circuit Clerk is responsible for housing all documents related to court proceedings, as well as accepting court payments
See Clerk, page 2A
Officer: McLain admitted to nudity
By Jean Cole
jean d athensnc\\s-courier.a)m An Athens attorney accused ot kidnapping and sexually abusing two underage teenagers admitted to an Athens Police detective that the girls might have seen him .
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John Hamilton McLain V, 50, did not testify in his own defense Tuesday afternoon at the Madison County Court-
See McLain, page 7A
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Athens attorney John McLain listens in Madison County Court Tuesday as attorneys confer with the judge.
An Athens veterinarian pleaded guilty Monday to possession of counterfeit bills in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga, Term.
According to a court clerk, Bruce Young, 62, of 311 N. Marion St., entered the guilty plea to possession of counterfeited $20 Feder-
al Reserve notes, a charge brought by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Tennessee.
Young’s sentencing is scheduled for May 4.
Young was arrested by Lincoln County, Tenn., officials Sept. 10, along with Jason Heath Clem, 34, of
Athens, at the Lincoln County Fair after a carnival worker suspected they were passing fake $20 bills.
Young and Clem were scheduled to be in court in October on one count each of forgery, but the cases weTe eventually turned over to federal prosecutors.
Clem’s case is pending.
Young served time in prison on a ‘ conviction for conspiracy to commit counterfeiting in the mid-1990s. He temporarily lost but then regained his license to practice veterinary medicine.
— Kelly Kazek
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