Power Breakfast: Stinging Gwinnett grand jury report, credit checks, governor’s race, housing, Census, graduation

Gwinnett County commissioners paid millions of dollars too much for parkland in a series of deals that used taxpayer money to bail out commissioners’ friends and associates, a special grand jury concluded, AJC staffers Andria Simmons and David Wickert report.

The grand jury’s report, unsealed Tuesday, discloses that the grand jury was prepared to indict then-Commission Chairman Charles Bannister on a perjury charge when he offered Oct. 8 to step down, Simmons and Wickert write. In effect, he gave up his office to avoid prosecution.

The 10-month inquiry, prompted by reports in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution calling the land deals into question, continues to rock the state’s second-most populous county, the reporters say.

In addition to toppling Bannister, the grand jury also indicted the county’s longest-serving commissioner, Kevin Kenerly, on bribery charges, criticized a former Superior Court judge for his involvement in one of the land deals and, in its report, blistered the county for lax land-purchasing procedures and an outdated ethics policy, Simmons and Wickert write.

“We have seen decisions involving millions of dollars made with little or no information for the most venal reasons,” the report concluded.

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Winfield J. Abbe

October 27th, 2010
7:50 am

These corrupt public officials, including judges, must not just be allowed to quietly step down, but must be prosecuted too. A special citizens court should be appointed for the purpose of prosecuting them, not the corrupt state run courts. It is a myth to say that the courts are independent. Only citizens are truly independent but normally citizens have nothing to say in these matters. The judge caught having sex with a public defender was quietly allowed to resign and nothing else happens to him or her. What is going on here? Corruption is going on that is what. Already the efforts to prosecute the federal judge caught having sex with a hooker is being quietly covered up in secret. Citizens have totally lost.

Sly Yoko

October 27th, 2010
10:32 am

No, I don’t think that a persons credit should have anything to do with them getting a job. Heck! Most people need a job to get out of debt.

Crooks Rule!

October 27th, 2010
11:33 am

99.9% of gwinnett politicians are crooked–once in office, they are on the take from developers, lobbyists, etc. to get rich, while ripping off taxpayers. They should be in jail. Bannister doesn’t get prosecuted because he resigned? Where in the law is that a defense? The DA should immediately prosecute this crook.


October 27th, 2010
4:17 pm

DA Danny Porter got Kenerly re-elected. When is he going to get indited? Kenerly has been using his position legally and illegally to get rich off Gwinnett taxpayers.


October 27th, 2010
7:30 pm

Bannister drink alcohol and police caught him police have resign. Bannister corruption should not go without trail. Let him punished other wise ordinary citizen get punishment and politician don’t. World is not going trust American Judaical system.Taxpayer money they eating up. Last House tax increase that time i told first hangs all corrupted politician first. second county employee do not like to work on timely manner let them go. Control government expenses do not need to increase taxes.