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City Bans Woman for Life

Catherine Corkren is locked in a legal battle with Georgia city
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2018 4:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Catherine Corkren isn't exactly welcome in Statham, Georgia. The 47-year-old Atlanta resident has battled the city so intensely that in September officials banned her entirely—from council meetings and all public property in Statham's 3.5 square miles, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I did ask for a lot," says Corkren. It all began when her former partner, Kelly Pickens, was stopped in 2015 by former Statham Police Officer Marc Loften for allegedly driving without a license plate and over the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit. But when she admitted to being on medication for anxiety and "major depression," Pickens balked at taking sobriety tests and was arrested on charges including disorderly conduct and DUI-drugs less safe.

In fighting the charges, Corkren and Pickens found that Lofton had made 63 similar arrests over his first six months on the job, per the Barrow News-Journal. People accused the department of profiting from police work—indeed, the city's projected fines revenue rose from $71,000 in 2013 to $250,000 in 2015—and several charges, including Pickens', were dropped. Then Pickens sued the city for allegedly violating her rights, a battle Corkren continued after Pickens' 2017 death by suing the city and demanding city records on a regular basis. Now officials literally want her off their lawn. "It seems like the garden variety drama you see in any city or county, but they are taking aggressive, illegal action to suppress it," says her attorney. "This is so far beyond the pale." (Meanwhile, a woman has sued her Special Forces ex over alleged revenge porn.)

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