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  • Nichols sentence may lead to death penalty changes

    12/13/2008 10:42:05 PM PST · by freespirited · 7 replies · 693+ views
    Google/AP ^ | 12/13/08 | Greg Bluestein
    A jury's inability to condemn courthouse gunman Brian Nichols to death has re-energized efforts by Georgia lawmakers to allow a judge to consider capital punishment even if there's no unanimous verdict, as a growing chorus of officials says it's time to give the policy another look.
  • Georgia Man Killed Court Reporter Because She Baked Cookies for Jury at His Rape Trial

    11/28/2008 7:32:49 PM PST · by RDTF · 28 replies · 1,551+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 28, 2008
    "Really, he was angry at the court reporter because he thought she was tampering with the jury by bringing them brownies and cookies."
  • Atlanta Courthouse Shooting Trial to Be Moved? (Brian Nichols, Ashley Smith)

    02/06/2006 1:38:55 PM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies · 290+ views
    About.com ^ | January 31, 2006 | Charles Montaldo
    Attorneys for Brian Nichols, who was on trial for rape at the Fulton County Courthouse when he overpowered a deputy and shot four people during his effort to escape, have asked that his trial be moved to another courthouse, because the current one is the crime scene. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 8 by Judge Hilton Fuller to hear motions to move the trial to a different courthouse... Nichols later surrendered after taking Ashley Smith hostage at her apartment and she convinced him to let her go and then called 9-1-1...
  • Ashley Smith on Hannity & Colmes - LIVE THREAD

    10/04/2005 6:07:06 PM PDT · by Chieftain · 116 replies · 1,887+ views
    FOXNEWS ^ | Oct 4, 2005 | Self
    We'll talk with Ashley Smith who became a heroine to millions of Americans when she was taken hostage by accused Fulton County Courthouse killer Brian Nichols. Smith tells the story of her life and her harrowing ordeal in her new book "Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero."
  • Deputy Fired Over Courthouse Rampage Fights for Job (Atlanta Courthouse shooting)

    09/24/2005 5:07:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 999+ views
    WSBTV.co. ^ | 9/23/05 | AP
    ATLANTA -- Arguing to get his job back, a fired Fulton County sheriff's deputy said higher-ranking officials ignored his warning that courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols could be dangerous. Sgt. Jerome Dowdell, who was fired for praying with Nichols, made his appeal Thursday before the Fulton County Personnel Board. "I was confident those persons in courthouse security would take precautionary procedures," Dowdell said. Concerns that Nichols could turn violent in court came out toward the end of his first trial on charges of raping a former girlfriend. Nichols' mother, Claritha Nichols, and her pastor warned Dowdell on Feb. 24 that...
  • Atlanta Killings Suspect Pleads Not Guilty (It is, to laugh!)

    05/17/2005 7:40:59 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 12 replies · 672+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 5/17/2005 | n/a
    Atlanta Killings Suspect Pleads Not Guilty ATLANTA - Courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges including four shooting deaths. A 54-count indictment has accused Nichols of murder, kidnapping, escape and other charges related to the March 11 shootings at the downtown Fulton County Courthouse. A judge and court reporter were killed inside a courtroom. Outside, a sheriff's deputy was killed and a federal agent was killed north of downtown. Nichols, 33, was arrested in suburban Gwinnett County 26 hours after the shootings started. He was on trial on a rape charge at the time of the...
  • Atlanta courthouse shooting suspect Nichols converts to Islam

    05/09/2005 4:46:42 PM PDT · by mhking · 179 replies · 4,774+ views
    Ramblings' Journal ^ | 5.9.05 | Michael King
    According to broadcast reports this evening, Brian Nichols, the suspect in the Fulton County Courthouse shootings in Atlanta on March 11, has had a jailhouse conversion to Islam.Nichols, who was indicted last Thursday on 54 charges, including four counts each of murder and felony murder, has requested -- and received -- permission to talk to a local Imam. Nichols will be allowed to pray in accordance to the tenants of Islam as well.The indictment includes 18 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, 7 counts of kidnapping, and five counts of hijacking a motor vehicle.As you'll remember, Nichols was...
  • Affirmative Action Factor In Atlanta Shooting?

    04/23/2005 5:41:43 PM PDT · by MisterRepublican · 29 replies · 1,066+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2005 | Fox News
    ATLANTA, Ga. — Investigators blame last month’s deadly Atlanta courthouse shooting on a series of mistakes and missteps. But some affirmative action critics say it boils down to the fact that there was a woman deputy escorting accused gunman Brian Nichols. “You have a female officer who is about 5 feet 2 inches tall, versus a criminal in this case — a former linebacker who is 6 feet tall,” said John Lott, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington. Those in favor of affirmative action — the policy of hiring and recruiting with the...
  • Fiery rhetoric could explode (Cynthia Tucker - Brian Nichols Republican inspired?)

    04/10/2005 7:14:20 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 20 replies · 850+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 04/10/05 | Cynthis Tucker
    Brian Nichols — the escaped rape defendant accused of killing four people in Atlanta, including a judge — gained a novel defense last week from an unlikely ally. A Republican senator from Texas suggested that Nichols' alleged crimes might have grown out of a political frustration with judges who "make raw political or ideological decisions." ". . . We seem to have run through a spate of courthouse violence recently. . . . I wonder whether there may be some connection between the perception in some quarters on some occasions where judges are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to...
  • Lt. not at work day of courthouse rampage

    03/30/2005 3:44:24 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 765+ views
    AP ^ | 3/30/5 | HARRY R. WEBER
    ATLANTA - A sheriff's lieutenant who assigned himself as additional security for a rape trial was excused from work the day the defendant overpowered a deputy and began a deadly shooting rampage, authorities said Wednesday. The replacement for Lt. Gary Reid wasn't in the courtroom at the time of the shootings because suspect Brian Nichols' trial hadn't resumed yet and the judge was attending to unrelated civil proceedings, said sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Nikita Hightower. "What would have happened if Reid was there? I've often replayed that. Reid is a strapping man. Sharp. Big," said Michael Cooke, chief deputy of the...
  • Affirmative Action Has Mixed Results for Cops

    03/29/2005 8:46:42 AM PST · by freespirited · 9 replies · 658+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/29/05 | John Lott
    [W]hat has been ignored in the case of Brian Nichols is the role that affirmative action has played in hiring standards for police... For example, in a study I published in 2000 examining the effect of affirmative action on police hiring, a comparison of male and female public safety officers found that female officers had 32 percent to 56 percent less upper-body strength and 18 percent to 45 percent less lower-body strength than male officers... Increasing the number of women officers under these reduced strength and size standards consistently and significantly increases the number of assaults on police officers. In...
  • Amazing Grace: The Story of Ashley Smith

    03/26/2005 2:27:06 PM PST · by TFFKAMM · 21 replies · 1,468+ views
    AndrewSullivan.com ^ | 3/26/05 | Andrew Sullivan
    She went out for cigarettes. That's my favorite detail of the story of Elizabeth Ashley Smith. This was not a noble calling; it wasn't even a noble errand. But the craving for nicotine at 2 o'clock in the morning led Smith into the loaded gun of one Brian Nichols, a man who had already raped one woman and murdered four men. Acccording to Smith, Nichols forced her into her apartment, tied her up, put her in the bathtub and told her "I'm not going to hurt you if you just do what I say." What would you do under those...
  • Former hostage gets $70,000

    03/25/2005 4:27:51 PM PST · by Radix · 14 replies · 648+ views
    Boston Globe/Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2005 | Dick Pettys
    ATLANTA -- The woman who said she gained the trust of suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols by talking about her faith while he held her hostage was presented with $70,000 in reward money yesterday for helping authorities capture him. Ashley Smith, a 26-year-old widowed mother of one, was held for seven hours by Nichols at her suburban Atlanta home March 12 before he let her go. She then made the 911 call that led to his arrest.
  • Escape plans found in Nichols' Ga. cell

    03/25/2005 3:20:10 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 505+ views
    AP ^ | 3/25/5
    ATLANTA - Authorities found hand-drawn escape plans in the cell of a man accused of going on a deadly courthouse rampage, a television station reported. After the March 11 attack that ended in four deaths, authorities disclosed that a judge and prosecutors requested extra security for Brian Nichols after investigators found a knife fashioned from a doorknob in each of his shoes. The hand-drawn escape diagrams were revealed during an interview broadcast Thursday on WSB-TV in which Fulton County Sheriff Myron Freeman said security has been increased in the county courthouse since the attack. Freeman said he did not know...
  • Caption Gov. Purdue and Ashley Smith (former hostage)

    03/24/2005 2:15:45 PM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 49 replies · 1,699+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 24,2005
    Ashley Smith (R), who was held hostage by Atlanta courthouse murder suspect Brian Nichols, smiles while receiving her reward money from Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue (L) and other agencies which totalled $72,000 dollars at the Georgia State capitol in Atlanta, Georgia March 24, 2005. Smith lived in the Bridgewater apartments and talked Nichols into releasing her which led to his surrender in Duluth, Georgia on March 12, 2005. Nichols is a suspect in the Fulton county courthouse killings of a judge, a sheriff's deputy and a court clerk and a possible murder of a customs agent. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
  • Ex-Atlanta hostage receives $70K reward

    03/24/2005 12:36:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 67 replies · 1,382+ views
    AP ^ | 3/24/5 | DICK PETTYS
    ATLANTA - The woman who led authorities to suspected courthouse gunman Brian Nichols was presented with $70,000 in reward money Thursday. Ashley Smith, a 26-year-old widowed mother of one, was held hostage for seven hours by Nichols at her suburban Atlanta home March 12 before he let her go. She then made the 911 call that led to his arrest. "My life is testimony that God can use us even in the midst of tragedy and miracles do happen," she said. She was lauded at a ceremony during which she received a fistful of reward checks from Gov. Sonny Perdue...
  • Feminism run amok

    03/24/2005 10:13:59 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 9 replies · 424+ views
    CFP ^ | March 24, 2005 | Klaus Rohrich
    The recent events in Atlanta are yet another example of how feminism and affirmative action are failing society. For those who may have forgotten, an accused rapist named Brian Nichols was brought before a judge in an Atlanta courtroom, guarded by a deputy sheriff. In the courtroom, the accused, a 200 lb former college running back, overpowered his guard, a 5-foot tall female deputy, who was also a grandmother, relieved her of her side arm and killed 4 people, including the grandmother. Since this has transpired I have heard very little from the media about the advisability of having 100-lb....
  • Courthouse tragic murders reflect long history of Fulton DA failures

    03/22/2005 10:47:27 PM PST · by freespirited · 1 replies · 407+ views
    Enter Stage Right ^ | 3/21/05 | Denise A. Sorino
    Like all Americans, my heart goes out to the families of the tragic Atlanta victims. Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin is right that the most important thing is that Brian Nichols is in custody. The police and SWAT teams were remarkable, and I thank God for the cool thinking of the rescued hostage. But now, the nation must know this was completely avoidable. This is but one of the long list of blunders made by Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard. Now, as Brandeis would say, it is time to apply the public disinfectant on a very real threat to the Fulton...
  • “I Met This Lady Today”: The Triumph of Faith Over Fear

    03/22/2005 2:23:41 PM PST · by Mr. Silverback · 12 replies · 928+ views
    BreakPoint with Charles Colson ^ | March 18, 2005 | Charles Colson
    Americans are spellbound by the saga of Ashley Smith, the Atlanta woman held hostage by murder suspect Brian Nichols. Reporters covering the story are mystified over how anyone at the mercy of an escaped inmate—one who that very day killed another woman and three men—could remain so calm. The answer is that Smith had learned to trust God. During her ordeal, Smith—the widow of a murder victim who suffered much in her life—was able to enter into the suffering of her captor. She calmed him, and told him God just might have had a purpose in sending Nichols to her...
  • Brian Nichols: PC Kills...Again

    03/21/2005 8:52:33 AM PST · by Pendragon_6 · 161+ views
    MichNews ^ | 3-21-2005 | Nicholas Stix
    Brian Nichols wasn’t fighting injustice; he was fighting justice!Feminism and racism are deadly. In the Brian Nichols case, we can lay four corpses and several brutalized though living victims at the feet of incompetence that was the product of feminism and racism. For had the Fulton County district attorney or sheriff’s office shown any professionalism, as opposed to being guided by feminist and racist practices, Brian Nichols would never have been in the Fulton County Superior Court on March 11, and Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Ann Brandau, Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Hoyt Teasley, and ICE Agent David Wilhelm would...
  • Book that freed a hostage was already making waves

    03/20/2005 6:41:25 PM PST · by Dubya · 25 replies · 886+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 21, 2005 | Jane Lampman
    'The Purpose-Driven Life' has spread the ideas of a California preacher everywhere from the Chinese government to the hands of Fidel Castro. When ex-hostage Ashley Smith appeared on TV and told how she gained her freedom - and her captor's surrender - by reading to Brian Nichols from "The Purpose-Driven Life," her stirring story sent thousands off in search of the book. Author Rick Warren, though, didn't really need her help. His work was already the bestselling nonfiction hardback in US history. Since the book's release in October 2002, people apparently hungry for a clearer sense of purpose and direction...
  • Ashley's tale of heartache (kidnapped woman now a Christian "superstar")

    03/20/2005 2:08:53 PM PST · by Coastal · 23 replies · 1,307+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | March 20, 2005 | CORKY SIEMASZKO
    Before Ashley Smith became America's newest darling by convincing alleged Atlanta courthouse killer Brian Nichols to surrender, her life was like a classic country-and-Western song - full of hard luck and heartache. Despair over being abandoned by her parents drove her to rebel against her strict Christian grandparents. Despair over her husband's murder drove her to drugs and alcohol. But faith gave Smith the strength to overcome her addictions and survive her seven-hour ordeal as Nichols' hostage. Now it appears that faith will be rewarded financially.
  • Fear Not (Charles Colson)

    03/18/2005 7:39:10 PM PST · by buckeyesrule · 2 replies · 192+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | March 18, 2005 | Charles Colson
    The lesson of Brian Nichols's last hostage. Friday, March 18, 2005 12:01 a.m. Americans are still spellbound by the saga of Ashley Smith, the young Atlanta widow held hostage by murder suspect Brian Nichols. Reporters covering the story seem mystified that anyone at the mercy of an escaped inmate--one who had that very day killed another woman and three men--could remain so calm.
  • Atlanta Police Concede Mistakes in Responding to Shooting

    03/19/2005 3:11:47 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 29 replies · 921+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 19, 2005 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ATLANTA, March 18 (AP) - The city's embattled Police Department acknowledged Friday that it made mistakes just after the deadly courthouse rampage here a week ago, and the chief said the suspect had spent as much as 12 hours undetected outside a busy mall. The police chief, Richard J. Pennington, said he would oversee a full review of his department's response to the attacks. Among the issues to be studied, Chief Pennington said, will be communication problems among law enforcement agencies and their mistaken focus on searching for a carjacked vehicle that they believed the accused, Brian Nichols, was using...
  • Our Justice System is the real criminal

    03/18/2005 6:41:50 AM PST · by Mikmur · 16 replies · 664+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 3/17/05 | Bob Weir
    Thanks to a liberal, permissive system that sacrifices good judgment for political correctness, 3 innocent people are dead According to the rules, which say that a prisoner must not be brought into court wearing prison attire or handcuffs to avoid prejudicing the jury, Mr. Nichols was escorted to a special room on the same floor as the courtroom so he could change into street clothes and have his handcuffs removed. His escort, a female deputy sheriff, was quickly overpowered and her gun was wrested from her before she was pistol whipped, and left bleeding in a hallway as her desperate...
  • A different take (Peggy - I DON'T CARE if a murderer's expression changed) Flannery O'Connor Country

    03/17/2005 6:32:05 PM PST · by paulat · 65 replies · 1,500+ views
    The Wall St. Journal ^ | 3/17/04 | Peggy Noonan
    Flannery O'Connor Country The amazing story of how Ashley Smith stopped Brian Nichols's killing spree. Thursday, March 17, 2005 12:01 a.m. EST Go to the link to see the pics Noonan found so inspiring.
  • DEATH IN ATLANTA AND GENDER SAMENESS IN THE HAPPY LAND OF MAKEBELIEVE (Don Feder Alert)

    03/18/2005 3:00:53 AM PST · by goldstategop · 66 replies · 1,806+ views
    DonFeder.com ^ | 03/17/05 | Don Feder
    America today is The Happy Land of Make-Believe. We’ve become exquisitely adept at ignoring reality when it offends the prevailing cultural ethos. But reality always reasserts itself in the end – often with deadly consequences. Take gender differences. In the Happy Land of Make-Believe, we like to pretend that men and women are interchangeable – physically as well as psychologically. According to feminist dogma, women can be tough and aggressive – men sensitive and nurturing. Hence women firefighters, female soldiers and 5’ 2” cops. In Atlanta, on Friday, reality had the last word. Brian Nichols, a former college football player...
  • Sales Soar for Book Used in Hostage Crisis

    03/17/2005 4:33:37 PM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 11 replies · 408+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/17/2004
    NEW YORK - Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life," already a multimillion-selling spiritual guide, is even more in demand thanks to the book's role in resolving a hostage dilemma in Atlanta. A man originally arrested for rape, Brian Nichols, was captured Saturday after a 26-hour manhunt at an apartment complex where he had taken a woman hostage. The hostage, Ashley Smith, has said she helped persuade Nichols to free her by reading from Warren's 33rd chapter, "How Real Servants Act," which urges people to consider their talents and their purpose in life. Nichols is now accused of killing a judge...
  • Death By Political Correctness in Atlanta

    03/17/2005 4:31:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 153 replies · 2,037+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | March 17, 2005 | Joe Mariani
    When Brian Nichols was brought into an Atlanta court on 11 March for a retrial on a rape case, a single guard -- a five-foot-two 51-year-old grandmother -- escorted him. Although Deputy Cynthia Ann Hall (web page) was a veteran with plenty of training, Nichols overpowered and beat her by sheer size and weight. He then took her gun and escaped. Nichols killed court reporter Julie Ann Brandau and Judge Rowland Barnes as well as Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. Hoyt Teasley on his way out of the courthouse. After carjacking several vehicles, Nichols pistol-whipped a reporter and stole his jacket. He...
  • Atlanta Courthouse Killings and Gender Identification

    03/17/2005 6:13:30 AM PST · by Randjuke · 71 replies · 1,470+ views
    National Public Radio ^ | March 15, 2005 | Jeffrey A. Dvorkin
    The recent killings in an Atlanta courthouse brought a few heated comments about the role of crime reporting on NPR. Some listeners worried that NPR might be moving toward tabloid journalism in giving this story the prominence that it did. Following the murder of a judge's husband and mother in Chicago, I think it was a good decision to cover the Atlanta story as well. However, NPR frequently mentioned the gender of the courtroom guard who was overpowered and shot with her own gun by the fugitive. That evoked strong reactions from many listeners. The implication was that the female...
  • Flannery O'Connor Country [Peggy Noonan]

    03/16/2005 9:20:50 PM PST · by Irish Rose · 17 replies · 1,193+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | March 17, 2005 | Peggy Noonan
    Flannery O'Connor Country The amazing story of how Ashley Smith stopped Brian Nichols's killing spree. Thursday, March 17, 2005 12:01 a.m. EST Ashley Smith and Brian Nichols were together for seven hours. This is Nichols's mug shot. This is Nichols's face after he gave himself up to police Saturday. Something changed. Something happened. This is from the transcript of Ashley Smith's testimony when she met with reporters in her lawyer's office on Sunday, March 13: It was about 2 o'clock in the morning...
  • Who gets Atlanta fugitive reward money?

    03/16/2005 4:51:52 PM PST · by ricoshea · 53 replies · 1,472+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | march 16 2005
    The single mother who calmed Atlanta fugitive Brian Nichols as she was held hostage by the man charged with four murders and a rape, persuaded him to turn her loose and called 911 leading to his arrest has so far only been awarded $10,000 of $60,000 set aside as reward money for information leading to his capture. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue yesterday announced Ashley Smith would get the state's contribution to the bounty – $10,000 – but the FBI, sheriff's association and U.S. Marshall's office have still not announced who, if anyone, will get their contributions to the fund. "In...
  • (Atlanta) Police missed early chance (to get Nichols; Keystone Kops strike again)

    03/15/2005 8:03:13 AM PST · by mhking · 92 replies · 1,731+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3.15.05 | BILL TORPY, STACY SHELTON
    Police apparently missed an opportunity to trap Brian G. Nichols in a downtown parking garage just minutes after Friday's courthouse shooting spree — the first of several lost chances to catch him that day.Two attendants at Five Points Garage said they heard a sport utility vehicle driven by Nichols smash through the gate and screech into the garage. Atlanta police units were just seconds behind.The attendants said they twice tried to show officers how to block the only exits from the garage at Wall and Peachtree streets, three blocks from the Fulton County Courthouse. Instead, a motorcycle officer and two...
  • Mention of 'Life' book in crisis drives up sales (A Purpose Driven Life, from Amazon's #54 to #2)

    03/16/2005 4:31:11 AM PST · by Rebelbase · 77 replies · 1,387+ views
    baltimore sun ^ | 3/16/05 | By Joe Burris
    Excerpt required. In a nutshell: Ashley Smith commented that she read portions of the book "A Purpose Driven Life" to Brian Nichols while he held her hostage.The book moved from #54 on Saturday to #2 yesterday on Amazon's best seller list.
  • Ga. Suspect's Child Born Days Earlier (Nichols/Atlanta)

    03/16/2005 1:00:41 PM PST · by beyond the sea · 78 replies · 1,649+ views
    Yahoo.com ^ | 3/16/05 | HARRY R. WEBER and BILL POOVEY
    ATLANTA - A girlfriend of courthouse killings suspect Brian Nichols gave birth to his child just three days before the rampage, and she said Nichols repeatedly told her that he wanted to be with the child. The mother's statements and transcripts from Nichols' rape trial are the most specific suggestion of a possible motive for last week's shooting spree. Prosecutors have suggested Nichols was worried about being convicted at the trial, but have not revealed a detailed motive. "I do know that he wanted to be with the baby. He did speak about it all the time," Sonya Meredith, the...
  • Murder Charges Planned in Georgia Slayings

    03/15/2005 7:39:54 PM PST · by TexKat · 57 replies · 5,671+ views
    AP ^ | 3/15/05 | BILL POOVEY
    ATLANTA - Ringed by 19 officers in a cinderblock jail room, his hands and ankles shackled, the man accused in the crime spree that left an Atlanta judge and three others dead went before a judge Tuesday for the first time since the rampage. Brian Nichols, 33, was informed that authorities plan to charge him with murder. Nichols looked straight ahead during the five-minute hearing and did not make eye contact with anyone in the room, including the judge. He spoke only once, when Judge Frank Cox asked him if he had any questions. "Not at this time," he said....
  • Atlanta Shooting Suspect to Face 4 Murder Charges

    03/15/2005 7:26:36 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 9 replies · 310+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 15, 12:27 PM (ET) | Paul Simao
    ATLANTA (Reuters) - A rape defendant accused of killing a judge and three others in a shooting rampage last week appeared in court Tuesday and prosecutors said they planned to charge him for four murders. Captured after a massive multi-state manhunt, Brian Nichols was guarded by more than a dozen police officers and shackled at the waist and ankles. He remained expressionless as Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Michele McCutcheon informed a magistrate that authorities planned to file the four murder charges against Nichols as soon as an indictment was ready. Nichols, 33, is being held for the savage rape...
  • Nichols appears for refiling of rape charge

    03/15/2005 3:12:44 PM PST · by Wally_Kalbacken · 7 replies · 316+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 03/15/05 | By BETH WARREN, BILL MONTGOMERY, BILL RANKIN
    Fulton County prosecutors plan to file murder charges soon against Brian G. Nichols for the killing of Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Ann Brandau, deputy Hoyt Teasley and federal agent David Wilhelm, an assistant district attorney said Tuesday. Michele McCutcheon, speaking after a brief court appearance by Nichols, said prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty. Nichols, 33, accused of going on a killing rampage Friday, could have faced federal prosecution for the death of Wilhelm, who was a U.S. Customs and Immigration agent. McCutcheon said Nichols also faces numerous other charges, including escape. Nichols made...
  • Shackled Nichols Appears in Court

    03/15/2005 9:30:37 AM PST · by mhking · 592 replies · 8,062+ views
    WXIA-TV/DT Atlanta ^ | 3.15.05 | Kevin Rowson
    The man wanted for fatally shooting four people, inciting a day-long manhunt and holding a woman hostage for 10 hours went before a judge Tuesday morning regarding charges from a previous case. Scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., the hearing for 33-year-old Brian Nichols ended shortly after the hour. He stands accused of rape, aggravated assault with intent to rape, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, authorities said. Fulton County authorities have yet to charge Nichols with the four shooting deaths that occurred last Friday. Nichols appeared at a magistrate...
  • An Interesting Perspective on the Atlanta Murders, aka Where Political Correctness has Taken Us

    03/15/2005 10:56:48 AM PST · by ManHunter · 33 replies · 1,903+ views
    Jim Quinn, host of the morning talk show "Quinn and Rose in the Morning, on FM 104.9 in Pittsburgh, as well as a number of other ClearChannel affiliates in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, offered an interesting perspective on the murders in Atlanta, the women involved, and the role of political correctness in this entire tragedy. Quinn posits that, at the beginning of this tragedy is a woman (51 years old, 5' tall, etc.) in a job for which she was not well-suited because of political correctness ("a woman can do anything a man can do"). She was not...
  • Revenge on system cited as motive for rampage - Nichols saw himself as 'soldier on a mission'

    03/15/2005 5:23:51 AM PST · by madprof98 · 88 replies · 1,893+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 3/15/05 | BETH WARREN
    Brian G. Nichols considered himself a "soldier on a mission" the day he terrorized a courthouse and a city with a gun, according to a law enforcement official who witnessed Nichols' first statement to authorities. The official said Nichols, who was being tried in a rape case when Friday's deadly shooting spree occurred, considered himself a wrongly accused man in a legal system unfair to African-Americans. After his capture Saturday afternoon, Nichols gave a three-hour statement to local, federal and state law enforcement agents at FBI headquarters in DeKalb County. In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the official said...
  • CNN CROSSFIRE - Justice System in Jeopardy?

    03/15/2005 9:52:28 AM PST · by clifcrds · 15 replies · 1,161+ views
    CNN Crossfire ^ | Aired March 14, 2005 | Transcript
    Just in case I was the only one to see it, last night on CNN Crossfire I witnessed just how low the vain and desperate the Democratic talking heads will stoop in order to advance their ideas. The topic last night dealt with the tragic shootings in Atlanta by Brain Nichols. I thought the discussion was serious, on point, and without any political slant at all, but I should have known that the Democratic sycophant Paul Begala would find some way to apply this tragedy to enforce his Democratic ideology on the viewers. As you read the transcript you will...
  • From hostage to celeb in a blink (Ashley Smith)

    03/15/2005 4:34:02 AM PST · by Sandy · 480 replies · 10,186+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 03/15/05 | MICHELLE HISKEY, DON PLUMMER
    Two days after being held hostage in a killing spree that stunned metro Atlanta and much of the nation, Ashley Smith spent Monday discovering the perks--and the price--of sudden celebrity.National media outlets, film studios and book publishers--even a hostage training company--sought out the 26-year-old widowed mother to tell again the dramatic story of the seven hours she spent Saturday in her Duluth apartment with Brian G. Nichols. But with the national clamor to know the woman who said Nichols called her "an angel sent from God" comes a dark side. Smith is an angel with a troubled past--a record of...
  • Courthouse opens amid high security

    03/15/2005 12:26:47 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 144+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, March 15, 2005
    ATLANTA (AP) -- Nervous workers and visitors lined up yesterday as the Fulton County Courthouse reopened under heightened security after the slayings of a judge, deputy and court reporter three days earlier. As the courthouse reopened at 8:30 a.m. -- almost exactly 72 hours after the shootings -- at least 80 persons waited to pass a security checkpoint set up inside the building. The line snaked down a hallway near the entrance. No jurors were going to be called to the courthouse this week, said Erik Friedly, a spokesman for the district attorney's office. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported yesterday...
  • Politically Correct Policing (Joseph Farah Slams Fulton County Courthouse's Weak Security Alert)

    03/14/2005 11:19:36 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 565+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 03/15.05 | Joseph Farah
    You probably heard about the case of Brian Nichols, the violent rapist, who murdered one cop, a judge and a court stenographer and shot in the face another deputy in a dramatic break from custody in Atlanta. It was a big story. It was a big shock to everyone that a prisoner of his reputation could pull off a stunt like this resulting in the deaths of three – and probably a fourth person, a Customs agent, found dead in his wake the next day. It shouldn't be a shock. It was all quite predictable because of what sounds like...
  • Hostage's Cool Compassion Disarmed Atlanta Fugitive (Ashley Smith-Atlanta)

    03/15/2005 12:29:47 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 16 replies · 941+ views
    Yahoonews/LA Times ^ | 3/14/05 | John-Thor Dahlburg and Jenny Jarvie
    ATLANTA — She trembled with fear before the armed man who was wanted in the shooting deaths of a judge and three others. But Ashley Smith kept her head, even when Brian Gene Nichols pushed into her home by sticking a gun in her ribs, and bound her with masking tape, an extension cord and a curtain. "I didn't want to die," she said Sunday. "I didn't want him to hurt anybody else." The 26-year-old woman, credited by police for bringing a massive search for Nichols to a nonviolent end Saturday, resurfaced a day later with a harrowing account of...
  • CAM 'SAW' NIGHTMARE START, BUT NOBODY WATCHED (shocking Atlanta courthouse killings details)

    03/15/2005 2:02:20 AM PST · by Liz · 41 replies · 1,478+ views
    NY POST ^ | March 15, 2005 | Niles Lathem
    A courthouse surveillance camera captured muscle-bound rape suspect Brian Nichols live as he overpowered a 51-year female sheriff's deputy — but no one saw it. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported yesterday that security cameras saw the full force of Nichols' initial assault on Deputy Cynthia Hall, a 5-foot-tall grandmother.............and was supposed to be monitored by two guards. "It's not just horrible, it was preventable," the newspaper quoted Senior Superior Court Judge Philip Etheridge as saying. The camera images reportedly show Hall and the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Nichols arriving in the holding area. Nichols' hands are handcuffed behind his back. Hall then unclasps...
  • Hostage reads 'Purpose-Driven Life' to alleged Atlanta killer

    03/14/2005 6:18:27 PM PST · by Dubya · 199 replies · 3,418+ views
    B P NEWS ^ | Mar 14, 2005 | Erin Curry
    ATLANTA (BP)--Ashley Smith, the Atlanta-area woman taken hostage by the subject of the largest manhunt in Georgia history March 12, calmed the alleged killer by reading an excerpt from "The Purpose-Driven Life" and talking with him about God. She escaped by persuading him to let her pick up her daughter from an AWANA children's program at a Southern Baptist church. "I asked him if I could read," Smith, 26, said in recounting the ordeal to reporters outside her attorney's office March 13. "He said, 'What do you want to read?' "'Well, I have a book in my room.' So I...
  • mhking to be on O'Reilly tonight (3/14) discussing Nichols aftermath(On Now!!)

    03/14/2005 11:13:26 AM PST · by mhking · 249 replies · 4,849+ views
    Ramblings' Journal ^ | 3.14.05 | Michael King
    I'm going to be on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News Channel tonight, as part of their coverage of the aftermath of the Nichols shooting here in Atlanta.The angle that tonight's show is going after is the history of corruption and incompetance of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department, first under prior sheriff Jackie Barrett, then under recently elected sheriff Myron Freeman.The other guest in my segment will be Dick Williams, moderator of WAGA/Fox 5's The Georgia Gang and a writer with the Atlanta Business Chronicle.The segment is set for somewhere between 8 and 10 minutes past the hour; The O'Reilly...
  • Security Gaffes Cited in Courthouse Spree

    03/14/2005 2:30:14 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 24 replies · 1,030+ views
    my way news ^ | 3-14-2005 | DANIEL YEE
    The deputy, a 51-year-old woman just 5 feet tall, was simply no match for the inmate she was escorting to the courtroom, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound former college linebacker on trial for rape. Authorities say Brian Nichols overpowered deputy Cynthia Hall, took her gun, and easily gained access to the courtroom, where he went on to kill the judge and a court reporter. Security cameras captured images of him overpowering the deputy, but no one, it turned out, was watching the screens. There were more security gaffes. Prosecutors actually had asked for increased security surrounding Nichols last week after he was...