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Your daily jolt: Cobb County D.A. says he’s done prosecuting Jessica Colotl

The Cobb County district attorney says he’s done prosecuting metro Atlanta’s most famous illegal immigrant, and wants a local judge to get over it.

Pat Head, whose term as county prosecutor is about to expire, says Jessica Colotl, the Kennesaw State University student whose illegal status sparked a statewide debate, has completed a plea bargain arrangement that he’s approved.

Jessica Colotl with her attorney, Jerome Lee at an October 2011 hearing.  Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com.

Jessica Colotl with her attorney, Jerome Lee at an October 2011 hearing. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com.

Even if Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley hasn’t. From Kim Isaza and the Marietta Daily Journal:

In an eight-page response filed in Cobb Superior Court on Tuesday, Head repeatedly points out the entry into the pretrial diversion program — in which defendants charged with certain offenses can pay a fee and do community service to avoid prosecution and a criminal record — is at his discretion.

Head also writes that Colotl, who was charged with a felony charge of making a false …

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Cobb grand jury indicts Jessica Colotl on felony charge

The Marietta Daily Journal reports this morning that a Cobb County grand jury has indicted Jessica Colotl on a charge of making a false statement.

Jessica Colotl during a Cobb County courtroom appearance last year. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com.

Jessica Colotl during a Cobb County courtroom appearance last year. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com.

Colotl, brought here by her illegal immigrant parents as a child and now a student at Kennesaw State University, became a focal point of debate last year after a traffic stop revealed her own undocumented status.

Says the MDJ:

The felony charge stems from statements made to Cobb Sheriff’s deputies when she was booked in at Cobb Jail for driving without a license. During the book-in, she gave her address as an apartment in Duluth, though she did not live there, sheriff’s officials contend. They also insist the telephone number she gave the deputies was false.

District Attorney Pat Head said his office presented the charge for indictment “because we believe the evidence was sufficient to present to a grand jury.”

Head, though, did not …

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A late jolt: Hugh Cleland, father of former U.S. senator, dies at 96

Hugh Cleland (left) and his son, former U.S. senator Max Cleland, fishing at a favorite spot in north Georgia.

Hugh Cleland (left) and his son, former U.S. senator Max Cleland, fishing at a favorite spot in north Georgia.

Former U.S. senator Max Cleland sends word that his father died last night. Hugh Cleland was 96, and had remained active until only recently.

Gardening and fishing – mostly for bream – were Hugh Cleland’s constant pastimes, as the above family photo indicates. Services are 11 a.m. Friday at Henry Funeral Home in Lithonia.

We noted on Wednesday that the political action committee belonging to former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney was dropping significant money on Republican candidates in Georgia.

We singled out Sam Olens, the GOP candidate for attorney general, as one of the few non-incumbents that benefitted from Romney’s largesse. But we missed one.

Romney also donated $500 to state Rep. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), who’s running for the senate Seat vacated by Dan Weber. Two other Republicans are in that race: 69-year-old real estate broker Jim Duffie and …

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