Last night CBS Atlanta aired part 1 of its investigative series into the federal probe of judicial misconduct in Fulton County.

In September, Tameka Foster-Raymond's attorney, Lisa West, filed a Motion for Recusal, accusing Judge Bensonetta Tipton-Lane of bias in light of Judge Lane's close ties with Usher Raymond's attorney, John Mayoue, who contributed to Judge Lane's reelection campaign.

In a controversial move in September, Judge Lane awarded Usher Raymond full custody of his two boys, ages 3 and 4. Prior to the ruling he shared custody with his ex-wife Tameka Foster-Raymond.

Watch the CBS segment after the break. Video courtesy of Hiphopenquirer.com.

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Greg McDowell reportedly saw his killer approach before he was gunned down as he led Bible study at Creflo Dollar's World Changers church in College Park on Wednesday. McDowell, 39, was pronounced dead at South Fulton hospital following the 10:30 a.m. shooting. The suspected shooter, Floyd Palmer, 59, was taken into custody hours later outside Macy's at Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead, north of Atlanta.

Court records obtained by WSB-TV reveal the former World Changers employee was committed to a mental hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 2001 after pleading not criminally responsible for shooting another man.

A witness told WSB-TV that Palmer followed the unidentified man outside and shot him for no apparent reason.

Court records show Palmer was released from the mental hospital a year later with unspecified 5 year conditions. The 2001 victim is paralyzed, according to a family member.

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Update: An arrest has been made in the fatal shooting of a minister at Creflo Dollar's megachurch in College Park early Wednesday. The shooting occurred inside the old chapel on the campus of World Changers church around 10:30 a.m.

According to witnesses, Greg McDowell, a 39-year-old volunteer prayer leader at the church was shot inside the old chapel -- not in the famed World Changer's chapel, where Bible study was being held. McDowell was transported to South Fulton hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Wsbtv.com reports that 52-year-old Floyd Palmer was taken into custody an hour ago at Macy's in the Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead, north of Atlanta.

U.S. Marshals joined with the county SWAT team in the massive manhunt for the shooter.

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Last night I spoke briefly by phone with Zeboe Pullins, the father of Tameka "Tiny" Harris' 16-year-old daughter, Zonnique "Niq" Pullins. Zeboe called me to set the record straight about his relationship with his daughter, whom he loves dearly.

I can always tell which direction a conversation is going in when it starts off with "Look here miss lady..."

But Mr. Zeboe was charming, sincere and straight to the point. He chose his words carefully -- explaining that he and I are "from different worlds." (I took that to mean he doesn't read the blogs.)

Zeboe respectfully requested that his name be left out of topics of conversations on the blog, and that he didn't have anything to prove to my readers.

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A DeKalb man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for beating his 5-month-old son to death, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Benjamin Edetanlen's attorney used the bible to justify the horrific beatings that resulted in the infant's death in 2004.

“Mr. Edetanlen firmly believed in the adage, you know, spare the rod and spoil the child,” defense attorney Ingrid McGaughey said with a straight face.

But prosecutors argued that the abuse based on the archaic bible passage went far beyond normal discipline procedures. The infant died from blunt force trauma, brain injuries and a broken leg, reports the AJC.

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A beautiful attorney who miraculously survived being shot 8 times by her cheating husband was released from a local hospital, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Adina Parson, 40, was shot 8 times and left for dead outside her Sandy Springs apartment on April 20.

Parson, an attorney for the state Department of Public Health, was released from Shepherd Center after months of intensive rehabilitation, a family member tells the AJC.

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Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, 19, is set to star in her own reality TV show titled "The Houstons On Our Own," on Lifetime television on Oct. 24. The reality show will follow Bobbi Kristina's life after Whitney's sudden death of an accidental drowning earlier this year.

Also appearing in the program is Bobbi K.'s longtime boyfriend, Nick Gordon; her grandmother, Cissy Houston, Pat Houston, who is married to Whitney Houston's brother, Gary; and Pat's daughter. According to a source close to the show's production company, Whitney never officially adopted Nick Gordon as her son, which dispels the stories about Bobbi K. and Nick engaging in an incestuous relationship.

Pat Houston described the reality show in a statement released earlier this year: "I have been working with Simmons-Shelley over the past few years developing a project suitable for myself and our family," Pat Houston said. "The unexpected passing of Whitney certainly affects the direction of the show. However, it is my hope that others will be enlightened as they watch our family heal and move forward."

Bobbi Kristina made her acting debut on Tyler Perry's 'For Better or Worse' in July.

Watch the sneak peak of 'Houston's On Our Own' after the break.

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News One reports that former Atlanta radio veteran Wayne K. Brown lost his battle with liver cancer at age 55.

Brown was the program director at Hot 107.9 (formerly 97.5) for many years. He helped launch the careers of La La Vazquez Anthony, rapper Ludacris and on-air personality Ryan Cameron (of Ryan Cameron Show on V-103).

Brown is survived by his wife Nyesa and two sons.

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Bow Wow and his baby mama Joie Chavis were in court Monday fighting over child support payments for his 1-year-old daughter, Shai -- on the same day he was named the new host of BET 106 & Park.

According to TMZ, Bow Wow allegedly withheld that pertinent financial information from the judge when he agreed to pay just $3,000 a month in support for Shai.

TMZ reports that Bow Wow told the judge he earns only $4,000 a month as a rap artist on the payroll of Cash Money Records. Bow Wow also admitted he leases a Jeep and has only $1,500 in his checking account.

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Rappers Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, who both own homes in Atlanta, got into a shoving match backstage at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, according to sources who witnessed the wild encounter.

Witnesses say the BET staff didn't clear the hallway fast enough after Ross got off the stage, which resulted in a bottleneck of Jeezy's people and Ross's entourage near both men's dressing rooms backstage.

The hallway was already crowded with male and female groupies when both entourages converged in the hallway and words were exchanged between Jeezy and Ross.

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The decision wasn't easy, but after reading through the emails sent in by my readers, one email stood out apart from the rest. The winning essay was written by EJ Flemmon! EJ will receive a $300 AKOO gift card and an invite to Tip Harris' private birthday bash on Saturday.

But that's not all. In addition to dressing EJ in a wardrobe by AKOO, T.I. also threw in a pair of Beats By Dr Dre Solo HD headphones! Click the link below to read EJ's excellent winning essay!

Thank you to everyone who sent in essays!

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If you love redneck humor spewing out of the mouth of a precocious 7-year-old girl, you're in luck. TLC Network has ordered more episodes of the breakout hit cable reality series 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' starring kiddie beauty pageant star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.

The network ordered Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday episodes of the hit show that trumped Bill Clinton's DNC speech in the TV ratings.

Georgia native Honey Boo Boo Chile is famous for her redneck catchphrases such as "A dolla makes me holla" and "You better redneckognize!" But critics take issue with the show for making a mockery of the trailer park lifestyle.


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  • You would think Bobbi Kristina and her adopted brother, Nick Gordon, were smothered with love and attention by their pop legend mom Whitney Houston before she died. But the recent antics of both siblings have proven otherwise. Gordon, age unknown, stirred controversy on Twitter.com on Tuesday when he tweeted a photo of himself waving a gun while operating a motor vehicle.

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    Falcons running back Michael Turner celebrated his touchdown in the team's win over the Denver Broncos by tossing back a few too many drinks Monday night.

    Turner, 30, of Suwanee, GA was stopped by a DUI Task Force officer for driving his black Audi R8 97 mph in a 65 mph zone on I-85 northbound just east of Atlanta. He was booked into the Gwinnett County jail just after 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to jail records reviewed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    “The officer could smell an odor of alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation,” Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter said in an e-mail to the AJC. “During the course of the investigation, the officer developed probable cause to charge Mr. Turner with DUI and speeding.”

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    Keyshia Cole's stalker is expected to plead guilty of stalking and other charges in a hearing on Thursday, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

    Webster is charged with aggravated stalking and other offenses for a recent incident involving Cole, according to a news release by the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. He faces up to 13 years in prison if he pleads guilty as expected.

    In 2009, Cole considered putting her custom built 5 bedroom, 5 bath house on the market in 2009 after Webster followed her home one night. He was eventually caught with a large cache of weapons and convicted on a lesser charge.

    “I own a gun – a Glock… and I called the police and told them I’d kill him and that I prefer not to,” said Keyshia in a cover story for the June 2009 issue of KING magazine.

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    A 21-year-old man who took his baby mama and their infant along on an armed robbery spree in Buckhead has been arrested, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Brandon Nicholas Lawson, 21, was taken into custody by the Bibb County police and is expected to be extradited to Atlanta where he will face armed robbery charges, Officer John Chafee with Atlanta police said in an emailed statement to the AJC.

    Lawson was arrested on unrelated charges of stealing an automobile and giving a false name, the AJC reports. Bibb County is about 75 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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    An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who took his baby mama and their infant along on an armed robbery spree in Buckhead, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    A surveillance camera captured a man and a woman sitting with a baby stroller and smoking cigarettes at a table in front of Publix, across from Phipps Plaza, over the weekend.

    The video shows the woman occasionally reaching over to rock the stroller to soothe the baby. The couple is believed to have committed an armed robbery shortly afterwards.

    According to a police report obtained by the AJC, an elderly man was walking home from Publix when he saw a woman with a stroller and a crying baby. He was approached from behind by a man who put a gun to the back of his head and demanded his wallet and the PIN number to his ATM card.

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    This post was edited to correct the fact that Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane did not respond to Tameka's Motion for Recusal. It was attorney John Mayoue who filed a response. Judge Lane legally cannot respond to the motion for recusal.

    Usher's attorney John Mayoue came out swinging in a legal response to Tameka Foster-Raymond's motion to recuse Judge Lane from presiding over the bitterly contested case of Raymond vs Raymond.

    In her Motion for recusal, Foster-Raymond accused the judge of showing bias toward Usher's attorney John Mayoue who contributed to her 2008 campaign for re-election.

    In a lengthy response obtained by HipHopEnquirer.com, Mayoue called Tameka's petition "an assault on the integrity of the court." Mayoue called Foster-Raymond's Motion for recusal "baseless, unwarranted and untimely."

    He argued that "Lawyers and law firms routinely contribute to the election and re-election campaigns of both trial and appellate judges."

    Mayoue pointed out that Tameka's own co-counsel was hired by a law firm that also contributed to the judge's re-election coffers.

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    Celebrity stylist Tameka Foster-Raymond's legal team filed a motion for a new trial today in Fulton County court, according to my confidential source who obtained the court documents.

    The court documents contain pretty damaging evidence that may (or may not) prove corruption at the state judicial level. Foster's legal team has uncovered evidence that shows Usher Raymond's attorney John Mayoue did more than just help Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane Lane raise funds for her campaign re-election.

    Last week, Foster-Raymond lost primary custody of her two sons, ages 4 and 3, to her ex-husband, Usher Raymond. Foster-Raymond is seeking a new trial on the grounds that Usher's legal team may have had an unfair advantage over hers.

    The motion filed by Foster-Raymond today officially stays the judge's order. Which means Tameka retains primary custody of the children until the motion is allowed or dismissed.

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    Mayor Kasim Reed's special events director has resigned less than a week after her arrest on DUI and reckless driving charges, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

    Stacii Jae Johnson, 41, was arrested late Thursday by an Atlanta police officer who saw her driving her white Porsche at 82 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-85 near the I-75 split.

    Johnson was reportedly uncooperative and refused a field sobriety test, according to a police report obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    She was responsible for a small staff of about six people in the mayor's office of special events. The office processed permits for outdoor music festivals and locations for movie shoots, according to The AJC.

    There's no word on whether the mayor is taking applications for a new special events director.


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    The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that firefighters battled a fire that broke out at the famed Tyler Perry Studios on Continental Colony Parkway in southeast Atlanta early Monday morning.

    Monday's fire was the second suspicious fire at the studios in recent months. The fire apparently started in a 3-story building about 100x200 feet, or the size of a 3-story portable toilet. In May, another building on the 30-acre property was damaged by a fire that started suspiciously.

    There has been no official comment by Perry, 42, who opened the movie studio in 2008 and recently hosted a star-studded re-election event for President Oabama.


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  • Dennis Byron of Hiphopenquirer.com has the full details of Judge Bensonetta Tipton-Lane's explosive final decision in the hotly contested Raymond vs Raymond child custody case.

    The 33-year-old singer and his ex-wife Tameka Foster-Raymond were locked in a bitter public battle for their 2 boys. Each side accused the other of being negligent parents. Usher accused Foster-Raymond of being unfit and mentally unstable. While Foster-Raymond accused Usher Raymond of abusing drugs around their children.

    In the end the judge decided Usher Raymond was the better unfit parent -- but parents would continue to share joint custody.

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    As the old saying goes: it's not what you know, it's who you know. In a blockbuster ruling today, Judge Bensonetta Tipton-Lane sided with singer User Raymond, awarding him primary custody of his two sons in a bitter child custody battle with ex-wife Tameka Foster-Raymond.

    The tables have now turned on Foster-Raymond, who will be forced to make arrangements with Usher to determine when and where she sees their sons, 4 and 3.

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    Former Football Wives star Chanita Foster held a charity concert for her Beyond The Game Foundation at Park Tavern in Atlanta on Wednesday night. Proceeds from the charity will benefit a school built by the foundation in Africa, and to feed children in Africa. Chanita is very civic minded and generous with her wealth and her time. Kudos to her. Celebs in the house included R&B Divas stars KeKe Wyatt, Sylenna Johnson and Nicci Gilbert, RL from the group Next, former reality star Q, Real Houswives of Atlanta star Derek J, music producer Jazze Phae, and more.

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    Monday night was the series premiere of TV One's "R&B Divas" starring (L-R) Monifah, Nicci Gilbert, Faith Evans, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt. The show's story line revolves around Evans' plan to get the 5 women in the studio to record a blockbuster R&B album together.

    But actually 'R&B Divas' -- which is filmed in Atlanta -- is just another reality show that focuses on black women and their dysfunctional relationships with men and with each other. The premiere episode set the tone for the rest of the series by highlighting each woman's flaws.

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    Tameka Foster-Raymond won a small victory in court on Monday. Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane found singer Usher Raymond, 33, in "willful contempt" of court for violating provisions of a 2009 settlement agreement concerning his two sons with ex-wife, Foster-Raymond.

    According to court documents obtained by Hip Hop Enquirer blog, Judge Tipton Lane found that Mr. Raymond traveled with their two boys outside of Georgia without Foster-Raymond's permission, and that he refused to inform her of the children's whereabouts.

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    Superior court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane is expected to return with a verdict in the bitter Raymond vs Raymond child custody case sometime today.

    My confidential source has uncovered a blockbuster revelation that may tip the scales of justice in singer Usher Raymond's favor. Apparently, Usher has an ace in the hole that his ex-wife Tameka Foster-Raymond doesn't know about. Read more after the break!

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