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GEORGIA

Pot-smoking judge ousted from bench

ATLANTA | A Georgia judge who pointed a gun at himself while at the courthouse, berated his boss in a bizarre televised rant and admitted to regularly smoking marijuana was ousted from the bench for life by the state’s top court Tuesday.

The Georgia Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion barred Catoosa County Magistrate Anthony Peters from ever holding another judicial office in Georgia, concluding that he has done “nothing to show that he has any ability to live up to the high standard of conduct expected of members of the judiciary in Georgia.”

Mr. Peters‘ home phone number was disconnected, and his attorney Chris Townley did not return calls and emails Tuesday seeking comment. But Mr. Peters said during an April hearing that the violations took place during a “rough patch” in his life, and his attorney blamed his behavior on prescription drug abuse after his client was involved in a devastating 2005 ATV accident.

LOUISIANA

About 60 percent of Gulf oil production still shut down

NEW ORLEANS | Federal regulators say about 60 percent of the normal daily oil production in the Gulf of Mexico is still turned off following the passage of Tropical Storm Lee.

As of Tuesday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement said 131 of the 617 staffed production platforms were evacuated. About 41 percent of the Gulf’s normal daily production of natural gas also was shut down.

The closed-off production amounted to about 846,000 barrels of oil and 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas.

The agency said offshore petroleum companies were sending personnel back to the platforms Tuesday, and production could resume immediately after the platforms pass damage inspections.

Twelve of the 70 drilling rigs exploring for petroleum in the Gulf remained evacuated Tuesday.

MISSISSIPPI

Family of man killed by truck alleges hate crime in lawsuit

JACKSON | The family of a black man who authorities say was run over by a white teenager in a truck filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday over the alleged hate crime.

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