0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on Georgia Supreme Court, Chief Justice Harold Melton announcing today he’s established an “Ad Hoc Committee to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Judicial Branch of Government.” The goal is to gather research, evaluate best practices and encourage Georgia courts to create policies to prevent sexual harassment — such as training for judges or court employees and procedures for responding to complaints. The committee will present its findings to the full Judicial Council at the end of this year.
And in other news, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will hold a series of town hall meetings around the city in late February through March. The meetings will “give residents the opportunity to engage with top city officials about Atlanta and their neighborhoods,” according to a press release from the city. The first meeting will take place on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlanta History Center.
2:31: Chair of the Georgia Republican Party John Watson recently announced he will not seek another term as the state’s party leader. We revisit our conversation from earlier this week with Watson where he shares his outlook for the party going into the 2020 election, and his next professional chapter.
25:30: After traveling 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean on a 24-foot boat, Tim Crockett is back home in Marietta. The former Special Forces veteran will join us in the studio today to tell us about his solo voyage and explain the purpose of his mission – to raise awareness and funds for fellow veterans.
40:10: The latest data from the FBI revealed hate crimes in the U.S. rose by 17-percent in 2017. It was the third straight year that “bias-motivated attacks increased.” What’s behind this rise in incidents? We’ll hear from Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies Professor Deborah Lipstadt and discuss her most recent book: ‘Antisemitism: Here and Now.’
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker.