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The attorney representing the mother of a man fatally shot by police attacked the district attorney’s professional ethics in legal papers filed in federal court Wednesday. The family of Joseph Tailent, who was shot and killed by Gwinnett police officer Lanny Britt during an undercover drug bust in 1996, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking…

Tapes show Police Actions in 2 Cases When a former banking executive dies of a gunshot wound to the head, there were no other cops around to back up Gwinnett Police Officer Mike Saunders’ story that he had fired his weapon only after he thought the man had shot at him. But there was a…

Assuring there will be no more trials in the contract killing of east Cobb mother Sara Tokars, a soleman Curtis Alfonzo Rower appeared in a Cobb County courtroom Wednesday to plead guilty to murder in exchange, he received a sentence of life without parole. Superior Court Chief Judge George Kreeger accepted the agreement between the…

Mike Puglise, former police officer turned defense attorney, successfully handled his first murder case this year, and now finds himself in the spotlight as one of the attorneys in a high profile Cobb County death penalty trial. Puglise, a former Gwinnett officer and an officer in Lilburn from 1986 to 1993, finished law school in 1993,…

Former policeman now has clients who are suing police departments. As a Lilburn police officer, Mike Puglise was twice investigated for shooting people. Now Puglise is a lawyer who spends much of his time representing people suing police departments, including the family of a man who was shot by a Gwinnett County police officer. “I…

NORCROSS – Although his client was found innocent of a weapons charge by a school disciplinary panel, the attorney for a Meadowcreek High School student on Friday called the hearing “ridiculous” and said the entire process violates the constitutional rights of students. “You would not believe the way they handled it”, said Mike Puglise, the…

“This is a vote of confidence that… I am honorable and ethical sheriff” A Gwinnett County grand jury on Friday chose not to indict Sheriff Jim Carsten on criminal charges of refusing to receive three Lawrenceville inmates to the county jail last September. Carsten, who testified before the grand jury, was facing six felony counts…

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