District Attorney’s office does a 180

What a difference a year (and four months) makes!  District Attorney Tracy Graham-Lawson has already tried more cases than former D.A. Jewel Scott did while in office (zero cases tried), successfully removing criminals from our streets.

“In 2009 we had a 15% increase in incoming cases as compared to 2008, yet we closed with 17% fewer cases than when I took office,” explains Lawson. “All [2004-2008 cases] that were unindicted when I took over are now either indicted or accused, have been dismissed or plead guilty.” These include Gerald Benn who shot a cop (sentenced to 120 years); William Cunningham for poisoning his kids using Campbell’s soup (100 years); and the Rainbow House embezzlement (20 years), among many other cases where defendants eventually plead guilty.

The D.A.’s goal for 2010 is to get all incarcerated felons indicted within 90 days and non-incarcerated felons within nine months, so all are hopefully completed within one year of the crime.

The D.A.’s office also offers a Pre-Trial intervention program which has admitted 500 nonviolent first time felony offenders, and none have committed another crime after participating. “150 [completed the program] and we put $66,000 into the General Fund for the county,” says Lawson. “My predecessor had a program yet $0 went into the General Fund (requirement of the statute).” Additionally, Lawson’s victim/witness unit (5 employees) has helped over 5,000 victims/witnesses solve crimes.

Our DA’s office has also created an anti-armed robbery campaign, which will feature a movie starring kids. “It doesn’t matter if a gun is fake or real, loaded or not, or any other offensive weapon – you get 10 years minimum and up to life in prison. I started this because I am tired of watching these young men go away because when they get out they will be unemployable and will have missed finishing school, going to college, their first job, buying their first home, getting married and starting a family,” says Lawson. “I can’t un-ring the bell – if they do it we are going to come after them and make them go to prison BUT if we can prevent it in the first place . . . that would be great.”

The anti-armed robbery movie premiere will be held at 6:00 PM on May 3 at the Clayton County Performing Art Center. Although aimed at young people and their parents, anyone may attend and admission is FREE!

87 comments Add your comment

bigdogears

April 26th, 2010
10:28 am

This topic goes right back to last week’s topic. Our new DA is a clear sign of an upswing in the county’s future. We are fortunate to have her and her staff. Our judges, Solicitor General, Sheriff, and Interim Police Chief aren’t slouches either! And they all seem to be working together as a team, what a novel concept.

Good Job and...

April 26th, 2010
10:30 am

Good work should be recognized but why muddy the waters by making reference to the former DA. Continue to do what you were elected to do and let the past stay buried. Our children deserve more and so does the community. Leave the politics out of it! Stop criminalizing the youth of Clayton County. Just like any other youth growing up they some times make wrong choices. It is how we respond that makes a difference in their future. So again good work! Hope your programs continue and make a real difference, not just on paper.

Clayton Resident

April 26th, 2010
10:40 am

What’s that saying about if you forget past mistakes you’re doomed to repeat them? I get the references to the past DA, lest we forget how bad it really was for awhile there.

Keep up the GREAT work Ms. Lawson! Anyone who claims not to see a difference in Clayton isn’t paying attention or just doesn’t want to see, you are a HUGE part of us going forward in the right ways. You’re not gonna be able to save all the problem kids but thanks for trying.

MorrowDude

April 26th, 2010
10:41 am

District Attorney Tracy Graham-Lawson and her staff are doing an excellent job, especially considering the sad condition the DA’s office was in when she was elected. We need more elected officials like her in Clayton County.

sam

April 26th, 2010
10:45 am

i agree this will help get cc back on the right track.

Do not get it confused

April 26th, 2010
10:48 am

Please do not get it confused. Now is not the time to get warm and fuzzy and drop your guard.Our children are still being arrested in far larger numbers than surrounding metro counties. This is a main revenue stream for Clayton.
The judges, sheriff and interim chief are not slouches but they leave much to be desired in their carriage of justice in many cases. Take some time and spend it at the justice center to get a true picture of justice in Clayton County and who is really served! Having said that I would sure like to see proof of all this stuff you have written and referenced Kim. I know about the movie and will attend.

kallen

April 26th, 2010
10:54 am

Do not get it confused: I got my information directly from the District Attorney herself. She has no reason to embellish her record, but you could always contact her directly to obtain proof.

Big Pappi

April 26th, 2010
11:06 am

The previous DA was patently UNQUALIFIED to hold the position as was the previous sheriff. Perhaps your “children”, I call them dangerous felons are getting arrested because they are criminals.
On another note, its kind of sad that the education requirement for the posted police chief’s job is so low. Sounds like that already have a favorite in mind that has no degree. Granted, education will not make the chief but it should be a baseline requirement. Hey, we’re paying 90k and we’re shootin’ waaaaay too low. Read some similar job postings for similar sized law enforcement agencies.

Ex Clayton student

April 26th, 2010
11:11 am

I left Clayton because I was tired of being harassed by CC’s finest. I transferred from Clayton State University to Morehouse. My first 2 years at CSU, I was stopped nine times by the police from Morrow, Lake City or CCPD. Out of those nine stops, I never received a ticket or was charged with anything. Because I was a young Black man driving a Mercedes (that my grandparents willed to me) I was automatically assumed to be dealing drugs. I have three friends who tried to stick it out at CSU, one went to Georgia Tech, the other went home, and the one who graduated missed his graduation because a person matching his description was seen breaking into a car at Walmart. The actual person was arrested and my friend did not look like him at all! My advice to other young Blacks, do not go to Clayton State University and get the hell out of Clayton County if you want to succeed and escape the harassment–I did and I am.

Big Pappi

April 26th, 2010
11:15 am

Kudos to the DA and the rest of the criminal justice team, you are doing a great job under difficult circumstances. Word of caution: Beware the clergy,they will turn on you in a heartbeat when you don’t kow-tow to their every whim, hand out badges like candy at Halloween, and cut special deals for favored members.

Roach

April 26th, 2010
11:36 am

Our DA is a Clayton County hero, though she’s not the only one. In 08, a group of people looked at the mess being made of Clayton County, rolled up their sleeves, and started making things better. If you’re hating on Tracy, you’re just a hater.

ASimpleTruth

April 26th, 2010
11:58 am

LIFE CHOICES 101:

Chose not to commit a crime and 99% of the time you will not be labeled a felon, nor serve time in jail.

Thank you.

Truth

April 26th, 2010
12:07 pm

District Attorney Tracy Graham-Lawson and her staff are doing an excellent job, “BULL”! She’s alright dragging she feet on “Prosecuting” the Cracker Barrel Attacker”! She’s talking about speedy prosecuting, only for one color; and we all know what color. Oh, I forget jail is only for one color people; don’t believe me? Ask Pro “Quarterbacks!

kallen

April 26th, 2010
12:18 pm

Truth: The Cracker Barrel trial begins on July 19.

man on the street

April 26th, 2010
12:54 pm

You mean the former DA – Mrs. Lee Scott did not try a single case as our DA? I guess she knew her limitations – after all they say she was a divorce lawyer. Lee’s money and the foolishness of the voters in 2004 put her in office. I wonder if Lee had a business license during her tenure for that building on 19/41 where he almost had a Freaknik party. The crybaby was complaining about political foes – instead of the laws he was breaking.

Congradulation DA Lawson for showing the rest of us how it is supposed to be done.

SA

April 26th, 2010
1:18 pm

LOL. “Truth” got owned. Just like the Scotts did last election. Sit down.

Mr. Nobody

April 26th, 2010
1:43 pm

Ex-Clayton Student- Sad, sad ,sad…shame on those mean police officers

Your theory,

Police officer 1- Hey, look at that black guy driving a Benz…
Police officer 2- Well, he’s gotta be dealing dope…there’s noooooo way he could afford that on regular black people salary. Go ahead and pull him over…

Is this an accurate description in your mind???? Sad…

What?

April 26th, 2010
2:13 pm

Ex-Clayton Student,

You’re full of it. I’m black, graduated from CSU and am now working on a Master’s there. I’ve been pulled over once driving my Lexus in my five years there and deserved it. If it’s the norm as you say, I could have expected more. Something’s wrong with your story.

But back to the topic. DA Lawson is impressive and a breath of fresh air compared to what we had before.

Jonesboro Res

April 26th, 2010
3:36 pm

Tracy G. Lawson is AWESOME!!!!!

@Ex-Clayton student…I don’t if you are aware of the crime statistics for the morehouse area…the AUC is in the ghetto…Georgia Tech is actually worst…..didn’t students get kidnapped their recently…and I knmow you’ve been keeping up on the # of students robbed at Georgia Tech.

You might want to reconsider what you said and did.

Progressive African American

April 26th, 2010
6:18 pm

DoubleAction: “We must be vigilant about our elections in this county; only something like 11 percent of the registered voters showed up to vote for our next District Attorney in this county.”

This unfortunately has been a blessing in disguise for CC. The only people who care, understand politics, and read the news has gone to the polls to get rid of the trash. Some of our elected officials thought that playing race cards and depending on those who ‘completely’ relied on public transportation would keep them in office. This has backfired against them.

Watch out for the cronies who supported incompetent officals such as Phaedra Graham, Victor Hill, Lee Scott, Oritha “Rick” Scoggins and Wayne Hall posting on this blog. Eldrin’s time in office is numbered, and since it is not getting a lot of information yet – watch out for the possible return of Victor Hill in the Senate!!!!!! http://qual.sos.ga.gov/QualifyingSearchResults.asp?RaceID=4

Congrats to Mrs. Tracey Graham Lawson!!!

Ed Nelms

April 26th, 2010
6:38 pm

DoubleAction ->

“I knew that Tracy Graham-Lawson was up the task, when she openly and publicly challenged Jewel Scott to a debate and Scott declined. Part of the skills of Attorneys is being able to debate and submit their arguments in an open forum of jurors.”

When Tracy Graham-Lawson issued the statement about her eagerness to debate Jewel Scott and Scott refused on the grounds that she don’t engage in debates, I could not believe that there was such attorney in our District Attorneys office in Clayton County.

whatever

April 26th, 2010
8:02 pm

Do not be confused: Maybe black children are being arrested in larger numbers because they are committing more crimes.

Ex Clayton student

April 26th, 2010
9:01 pm

What? Why do I have to be full of it because I share my experience?

Ex Clayton student

April 26th, 2010
9:03 pm

Big Pappi contrary to what you and those who benefit from the hatred and fear of our children. Our children are not felons no more than yours are or are they?

Check the record

April 26th, 2010
9:12 pm

Thank you Truth for the truth. I hope those Lawson supporters are in the court room when she prosecutes the Cracker Barrel case. Lets see what true justice is and then run this blog again. Take your heads out of the sand. Lawson is doing her job just like she did in the juvenile court, locking up blacks and giving whites a break. Check the record or better yet sit in on her and see for yourself.

Ex-Clayton Student

April 26th, 2010
9:19 pm

What? What is wrong with my story is that it is unbelievably true. Now your story about you and your Lexus that is unbelievable.

Mr. Nobody thousands of Black men like me experience this daily. For you to come on this blog and try to deny or discredit my experience makes me know that I made the right choice to go to Morehouse where we are respected and prepared for your kind of thinking.

Keep Up With The Details!

April 26th, 2010
9:26 pm

Tracy Graham Lawson is a hero to Clayton County. Keep up the great work, Tracy!

Pittbull

April 26th, 2010
10:22 pm

The former DA should never be forgotten. She was that bad! Worst I ever seen. For those complaining about “there poor little thug children getting in trouble”! You are directly to blame. You were a failure as a parent You did not do your job. Whine somewhere else. We have a great DA doing her job thank god!

Donald

April 26th, 2010
10:43 pm

Tracy, you are a credit to CC..Thank you from the bottom of my heart…The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter now…This county will rise again…!!!!!

Law abiding citizens of Clayton County, rise up and take back this County by 2014!!!!!

Donald

April 26th, 2010
10:44 pm

Kimberley;

Cant we do a piece on the good work Sheriff Kembrough has done as well?

I am just saying...

April 27th, 2010
12:11 am

Thank you!!!!!Do the crime in Clayton County, you will do the time!!!

Time out with that weak argument that our kids are being jailed. Newsflash- teach your kid not to commit a crime then they will not be jailed.

I am not thinking about that poor kid when they are kicking in my back door or carjacking my car. I am thinking about my life and getting home to my husband and kid.

I do not feel sorry for kids that commit these violent crimes. Granted, its a mistake and they MUST pay for their mistakes.

Be Told

April 27th, 2010
12:13 am

Tracy Graham Lawson will let the Cracker Barrel Attacker “OFF”! She will not put her own in jail. However, the masses are “LOOKING”!

Stifiling...

April 27th, 2010
7:48 am

All this sugar for Lawson is making me sick! Have you ever sat in her courtroom when she lauded over the juvenile court? That was when she was called the hanging judge. There is another side that you will not read about. Be sure to show up for the Cracker Barrel trail.

R U kidding?

April 27th, 2010
9:35 am

So Lawson only takes care of her own? Not sure about the guy who shot the cop by the Campbell soup guy and the Rainbow embezzlement chick were both white! You sound ridiculous and racist.

Mary Hillis

April 27th, 2010
11:00 am

Response to Donald comment:

Sheriff Kimbrough is too busy trying to keep his dirt out of the media. He has let the inmates run the jail. He has several lawsuits facing him for firing and defamation of character cases. He fired a clerk who had been out due to an on the job injury and had been calling in sick. He denied her unemployment which she did receive when the hearing officer ruled in her favor. She appealed her termination and won her reinstatement and now he has appealed that to Superior Court. Once she wins in Superior Coourt a he will be faced with a Federal lawsuit. So don’t praise this so -called sheriff he will not be reelected. He also got one of his deputies pregnant and paid for her abortion. Some employees are working on filing a class action lawsuit on him. He has promoted employees without then going through the standard promotion board where anyone who feels they are qualified can apply, but since he wanted certain employees promoted, he had the commissioners disallow the promotion board in order to accommodate him. The people who he promoted are not even qualified. The employees are regretting having him as Sheriff. They got worse instead of better.
All of this information is true and will definitely come out and he knows it.

I Said It

April 27th, 2010
12:28 pm

“Stifling”,

You sound as if you were on the losing end of a child gone bad with some courtroom experience. If so, don’t blame the judge. Blame the person staring back at you in the mirror.

Stifiling...

April 27th, 2010
12:43 pm

I said it
The the truth will come to fore. I have no children of my own but I care enough to know what goes on with our future. Who the hell is going to give you your last glass a water? Some elder?..I doubt that. Kill their children and the rest will die. Of course I know that is a little to heavy for you considering your baseless remark!

Straight No Chaser

April 27th, 2010
1:40 pm

@Needs an Enema….oops I mean Stifiling

You are full of it. Nice quote from the Scott’s campaign flyers about calling DA Lawson the hanging judge. Here are some facts & a direct quote in 2008 from then Judge Lawson –

“Of the 6,000 delinquent and unruly charges filed in the Clayton County Juvenile Court in 2007, only 150 children received detention time at disposition (sentencing) and that included both mine and those of Judge Steven Teske. Those that were detained had normally committed violent offenses or were frequent repeat offenders who had failed to be rehabilitated. Our Juvenile Court has been named a national model court and has received a national award. I received the Clayton County Branch of the NAACP’s Trailblazer Award in 2007. This year I started a Second Chance Drug Court for high-risk male offenders who would otherwise be in detention. We have reduced disproportionate minority confinement among juvenile offenders by 50 percent and of that 50 percent, 80 percent of the children were African-American, where the target population is 75 percent.”

WHAT!! I’m a brutha from the old school of show and prove, but let me give it to you new school style…….You just got served!!! Oh wow look at the pun…LOL!!!

Mr. Nobody

April 27th, 2010
1:44 pm

Ex-Clayton Student- Cry me a river…you don’t speak for all blacks…find me some valid research on your claims and then maybe I’ll buy it. You sound quite ignorant and prejudice. You can just admit that you were at failure at Clayton State. No need to make up some lame excuse to why you are not attending there anymore.

kallen

April 27th, 2010
1:46 pm

Donald: Articles on the Sherriff, Solicitor General & CCPD are forthcoming, this one is long overdue but there’s so much going on in Clayton to discuss.

Long-Time resident

April 27th, 2010
2:58 pm

My friend who works for CCSD has told me on numerous occasions that it is much better now than when Walking Small was there. Kem may not be perfect but he is better than what we had.

Let Me tell you

April 27th, 2010
5:09 pm

Try all you want EVERBODY know Tracy Lawson is awesome!!!!!! You can race bait, lie..but the facts and the statistics speak for themselves. ALL you Scott supporters please move to Spalding Co or somewhere else and try to get in over there. Why don’t you all get a life and a regular job and stay the hell out of politics and especially CC. An unqualified real estate lawyer posing as a DA and a lying trust fund baby who runs for commissioner every 4 years and loses….just stop. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN

I Said It

April 27th, 2010
6:15 pm

Stifiling,

Wake up. You have no facts, your perception is laughable, and you sound as ignorant as they come. It’s obvious you’ve been drinking someone’s Kool-Aid. Just too bad it’s not someone who lives in reality.

Stifiling...

April 27th, 2010
6:20 pm

Let me tell you..
Yeah Right!

Stifiling...

April 27th, 2010
6:46 pm

straight no chaser.
Put lipstick on a pig and it is still a pig…

The difference maker

April 27th, 2010
8:24 pm

DA Tracy Graham-Lawson is willing to hold rule breakers accountable for their actions; CCPS Superintendent Heatley is not. And that’s the primary reason law and order is on the upswing in Clayton and the public schools are not.

For years people have tried to warn you about out of town snake oil salesmen who were all show and no substance when it came to dealing with out of control behaviors in the schools.

But you didn’t want to listen, which is why you continue to get the substandard school system you richly and fully deserve.

Truth

April 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

The Cracker Barrel Attacker has bought “OFF” Tracy Graham Lawson! She’ll give him time served! All of these elected officials are already patting themselves on the back. Vote them out “Clear the Slate” put in new folks!

Stifiling...

April 28th, 2010
6:00 am

I said it…
If anyone is drinking kool-aid its you. The facts are there. You are laughable and ignorant.

Ex-clayton student

April 28th, 2010
6:17 am

Mr. Nobody, your mentality is the reason why so many cannot move forward. Your failure to admit what life is like for a black male student in Clayton County is scary. Why must I lie? The reality for black males in Clayton County speaks for itself. I am out of there so even your stupid comments do not affect me. Oh by the way I graduate from Morehouse in May.

Ex-clayton student

April 28th, 2010
9:00 am

It sad the way you hateful individuals come on this blog and dump all the young black youth into one group. There are more of us doing the right thing in spite of the lack of support from the community. Common sense tells anyone that violent offenders should be dealt with. VIOLENT OFFENSES ARE NOT WHAT MOST YOUTH ARE CHARGED WITH IN CLAYTON COUNTY. THAT IS NOT WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.

Growing up we all make mistakes. In Clayton County you are damned from the start if you are a black male youth. Some of us get out though and see that we are not all doomed and one day we will be back.

Jimmy (Conservative Brother)

April 28th, 2010
10:11 am

I am so glad to see that some are truly realizing Dr. Kings Dream and are judging Mrs. Lawson on the content of her character and not the color of her skin. She is doing a good job. She is capable and has hired a capable staff and it shows in the results that she is getting.
I am so tired of the race game. It is more likely than not when people get arrested they have committed a crime. It is not likely that through every step of criminal justice process some racists decides that an innocent person of color must go to jail for no other reason than the color of their skin. Remember that people of color are the majority in this county and when Mrs Lawson’s office tries a case she must choose a jury from a majority black pool of jurist. Mrs. Lawson then must put forth the evidence to that jury and the jury makes the decision of guilty or not guilty.

Ex-Clayton student, congratulations on your coming graduation. You say that you were stopped nine times with the only justification being the color of your skin and the fact that you were driving a Mercedes. Did you ever make a complaint to the police departments. Police departments frown on these things and all the departments you mentioned have people of color in high positions and I’m sure they would have a sympathetic ear to your plight.
Did you contact an attorney? Being stopped that many times would have some attorney chomping at the bit for a chance at his share of the settlement which would be awarded on a slam dunk case like that. Especially in today’s litigious society. If you were indeed pulled over nine times without a valid reason either remedy would be so easy to undertake that it would be senseless to not pursue them. I guess what I’m saying is I do not believe it happened. You are not the only young black male with a high end vehicle who travels through this county. Officers would go crazy trying to stop every one he or she encountered. In your own self important little world what you described may be the case, but I doubt it.

Mary Lou

April 28th, 2010
11:08 am

The real problem in Georgia is we have a pay-for-incarceration industry. Inmates serve as slave labors. The county bills for the man hours and gets money. The private probation system is a money generating scheme in which poor citizens are raped of their limited resources. I’ve seen many poor white kids in this system as well. All one has to do is look at the makeup of any courtroom and yes you will see a majority black courtroom. Why? Because LEO’s target men of color. When I served in the Army during the 1980’s When we qualified with our M16, Our target was a grey plastic pop up siluette, No markings at all however, in our minds that target was a soviet soilder. When I graduated from the police aademy and became POST certified those targets we shot at to qualify were young black men. truth hurts but it is the fact. Just like in Arizona, the new immigration bill will racial profile hispanics despite the claims by the conservatives that it wont. By the way, How dumb can the Republicans be? They have driven the largest segment of the population into the hands of the democrats.

dogman

April 28th, 2010
12:07 pm

Lil Vic is back. He is running for the State Senate seat of Valencia Seay

Concerned

April 28th, 2010
12:11 pm

Truth and Check the Record are both ignorant to the Cracker Barrel case. Although the female did not deserve what she ultimately received, she did start the altercation by spitting in the face of the accused. If both of you were confronted with a human being who spat in your face, I think you would also react as the accused did. It is normal reaction to retaliate, but not to the extreme this individual did. Why are you judging Mrs. Lawson on a case that has not been adjudicated (that means “gone to court”). If she gets a guilty verdict, which I’m sure she will since you have a white defendant and black victim, both of you will think she hung the moon, sun, and stars. I also hope she gets a guilty verdict, but I also believe the whole truth to this incident should come to surface. GREAT JOB MRS. LAWSON!! GOOD LUCK!!

Pat a Clayton Resident

April 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

Anyone complaining and didn’t vote, shame on you. I met Ms. Lawson while she was campaigning. She gave thoughtful answers on how she would improve the district attorney’s office. Her answers on juveniles and incarceration and remedies for at-risk youth made me think she cared. I believed her sincerity and have not read or heard anything derogatory. However, the jury is still out. I will visit the Superior Courtrooms and find out what’s going on and not just rely on inhouse statistics. That’s why you must qualify what people say and how they govern themselves. Actions speak louder than words. So, for now I am a Tracy fan.

SynamonSays!

April 28th, 2010
2:38 pm

Concerned that is a lie. The victim did not spit in the perpetrator’s face. Stop that lie right now! Show up at the trial for the truth. There is a tape of the incident, but for some reason it is not been made public. I wonder why? Do you know?

Question

April 28th, 2010
3:24 pm

“Concerned”- how are you so certain that the victim spat in the defendant’s face? There were several witnesses around who did not corroborate the defendant’s story.

JBird

April 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

“All this sugar for Lawson is making me sick! Have you ever sat in her courtroom when she lauded over the juvenile court?”…not only have I sat in her courtroom, I worked with her. Never heard the term “hanging” judge. She was stern with parents neglecting their children. She was stern with children breaking the law. She was fair with parents when they wanted to work to take back custody of their kids and fair when children wanted to make amends for their actions. She is a beacon of light for a county headed down the drain. She’s smart and knows what she’s doing. Clayton County is lucky to have her. You go Tracy!!

Donald

April 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

All;

Thank you again Kallen…I am starting to see the see-saw move ever so slightly towards the positive for this county…Make take a few years but I see what you are talking about…There are a lot of people here that are enthusiatic about the progress the DA’ office has made (including me)….I also see some aren’t..

I say, “how in the world can it not be better than Jewell Scott?” Let’s all be real..I don’t know how she is as a lawyer, but as a DA, she stunk up the place…Bottom line!

Same goes for Kembrough over Victor Hill, Sure, he has shortcomings, but it’s a big improvement…However, they are complaints there too (Geez, be careful what you complain about, you may just get something worse…)

You all know I used to rip this county apart..couldn’t find anything positive about it…One day, my wife said, you know it could be worse….like Detroit, Michigan or Gary, Indiana worse…That struck me…

We have a ways to go, of course, but Kimberley, you have set us on the right course…

Clayton County will rise in 2014!!!!!

Donald

April 28th, 2010
4:33 pm

Truth;

I also want to say this… As a black man, I was highly outraged and upset over the Cracker Barrel incident. It took me back to my youth in Alabama when I had to deal with racism on a continual basis, especially when I thought of it from the perspective of it “what if it had been my wife….?”.

However, I want you to know this, after having talked with Tracy before, I believe her to be one of the rare individuals in our society that is truly colorblind. Per her word, She said she would personally prosecute the case and she did… After my first impression, and all I have witnessed her to do in her short time in office, I am more than willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

We’ll assess her performance later.

My thought is that it’s time to put aside racial differences and all work together for the good of this county!!!!!

Clayton County will rise in 2014!!!!

Stifiling..

April 28th, 2010
6:12 pm

Mary Lou thank you for that comment. No one wants to admit that we have a serious race problem in Clayton County because it is so heavily projected towards young people. They would rather come on this blog to spew out their hateful feelings perceptions of our youth. Some of the insidious remarks made on the blog are sad.

Calling all fans

April 28th, 2010
6:36 pm

All you fans be in court on July 19th. It doesn’t matter whether you are Black or White when it comes to civil rights. Yes it was a Black woman and a White man. I wonder if the races had been reversed would we even be having this conversation. I said I wonder, not I think and I will wait until the trial to see how Lawson handles this case.

BnB

April 28th, 2010
6:53 pm

Hill says he is self-employed. How? – as a rent-a-cop like years ago or just as Lee’s water carrier last last time he was in public office.

ASimpleTruth

April 28th, 2010
8:21 pm

Okay, a WA male briefly beat down an AA female. That’s a heck of a lot less than the crimes conducted againts AA females by AA men everyday in this city.

OMG

April 28th, 2010
9:17 pm

A Simple Truth,
You are a simple fool. WA males kill WA females on a regular bases. They kill pregnant wives, kidnap and enslave young girls and slay their pregnant mistresses. Oh yeah they even concoct stories “like a Black man did it.” So what the hell is your simple point? Crime is crime, black or white.

The problem is the double standards that are applied. It seems as though a White life has more value than a Black life. If this man had been Black and the woman White, chances he would never make it to a trial. Now run and tell that.

Pittbull

April 28th, 2010
9:36 pm

Keep blaming everything on race, and you will never amount to anything.Its you dummy!

Focus on Education not Incarceration

April 28th, 2010
9:56 pm

Not one student in Clayton County received the Gates Millenium Scholarhip this year.

More emphasis needs to be on how we better educate our children. If this blog is a snapshot of the thinking of the general population of Clayton County, I pray that God will save our children.

The present school board is weak and does not have the capacity to raise the bar for administrators, teachers, students or parents. Especially when a board member states, “Why do students need calculators.” Word up, they need calculators and computers. Somebody needs a clue.

Go to claycodemocrats.org and look at the people who qualified to run for school board so far. It is so sad that no one has signed up so far to challenge incumbents Anderson, King or Bivins. They should not go unopposed. Anderson still can not seem to get the Roberts Rules of Order down pat and she is running around telling people she might run for County Commission Chair (does she really think she is doing that great of a job as Board Chair -Not!). As for Bivins he is always MIA and when he does show up he abstains from key votes. King has not qualified yet nor has any opponent in his race.

So go ahead and focus on crime instead of education and our children will never become “world class” students like those in surrounding counties.

teacher

April 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

Without a strong public education system that is supported by all parents this county will not see a decrease in crime! Crime prevention starts at home and when the parents are criminals themselves (oh I will show you how to cheat on the free and reduced lunch forms so you can have those new $100 shoes, dealing drugs, scamming EBT cards) the children will never learn. If it is not taught at home and the school allows weak administrators to let these parents run the schools then what do we have? I will tell you. We will have students returning to the classroom after they have committed felonies (bringing weapons), teachers being unable to teach, students unable to learn and a huge amount of RISK to the safey of our learning environment. Clayton county needs to wake up and see through these smoke screens! Tribunal counsels are a joke! I just hope the juvenile charges are stiff and Ms. Lawson has made an impact on these courts as well.

Truth

April 29th, 2010
12:11 am

Mrs. Lawson don’t have content of character and is colorblind and have not been doing a good job. It’s 2010; the majority of the voters can see thru her, and we all know we need to send her back to private practice. Again, it 2010 even the section 8 dwellers abd the like know racism when they see it! Alot of them are victims of her for being (BWBIC) Breathing While Black In Clayton!

Lenwood

April 29th, 2010
3:41 am

How cna clayton has a race problem??? isnt everyone black???

Donald

April 29th, 2010
8:28 am

Truth…You know as well as everyone else on this forum that a lot of the section 8 dwellers are the problem here in CC…

You will of course argue ad nauseum against that preposition…

But the police reports and stats tell a different story…

P.S. So you would rather have Jewel (And by association, her scandalous husband, Lee…) Scott..?
If so, there is nothing left for us to argue…because we just don’t see things the same.

man on the street

April 29th, 2010
8:51 am

To Truth – from the grammar – you must be kin to Ms. G. of the school board meeting fame. Beside – it would be nice if you got a few facts straight. She was a juvenile judge befor being DA and the voters see a marked inprovement from the days of Lee Scott dominated Jewel running the dept.

Clayton Parent

April 29th, 2010
9:49 am

All these comments about juveniles being prosecuted are obviously from the parents of those juveniles. Where were you when they were committing the crime? Lawson is doing her job. Do yours as a parent and your child won’t have to face her.

Larry OKeeffe

April 29th, 2010
9:51 am

To: Focus on Education no Incarceration,

First Clayton does have at least one Gates Millennium Scholar this year from Morrow High School. In fact Morrow has had Gates Scholarship winners for the past three years.

Tracy Lawson is doing a great job as DA. We need people like Tracy Lawson, Kem Kembrough, and Tasha Mosley. All have had a positive influence on Clayton County.

Do we need more emphasis on Education, absolutely! But we need balance, Public Safety and the justice system play a key roll as well, one is not exclusive of the other.

Yes it is a shame that more candidates have not qualified. But having seen the disrespect and abuse our elected officials are forced to endure it does not surprise me. Those that do choose to serve with integrity and dignity are deserving of our respect and gratitude.

Charlton Bivins has on occasion missed board meetings. He has a full time occupation as a DeKalb County Sheriff that on occasion conflicts with called board meetings. To my knowledge he has never abstained from a vote unless there was a clear conflict of interest in which case he has identified the reason and abstained as he should.

Pray for our Schools

Get Out!

April 29th, 2010
10:06 am

Teacher,
It is that sick attitude that you have that is keeping those who would excel from being great. It is obvious from your hateful rant that you lump all students together. We have children of excellence in every school in Clayton. What we need is board members, a superintendent, administrators and teachers of excellence.
Teachers like you need to get out. Stop blaming everyone for your own short-comings and inability to make a difference in the profession. You make it hard for the teachers who really love what they do and the children that they teach. Yes, lots of parents in Clayton are horrific when it comes to the education of their children. Just remember when you are hating on the students, poverty does not determine success. All children can learn regardless of what happens at home if they have teachers who really want to make a difference. Some of the best students come from the worst environments and the worst students come from the best environments. I see it everyday. Yes, I am a teacher too who sees the glass half full. So go ahead and leave so we can teach. That goes for the rest of you who hate Clayton County. I urge you to lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

cracker

April 29th, 2010
10:56 am

this blog never ceases to amuze me

Focus on Education not Incarceratrion

April 29th, 2010
11:19 am

Larry O’Keefee,

There were no students acknowledged in Clayton for the Gates Scholarship this year. If that is not true please contact AJC for trhe correcrtion. You are so correct we do need balance, my point is there is none. As for elected pubilc safety officials, you seem to have their ear and access, encourage them to deal with all children in matters of bad decisions as was the case with your own son.
Bivins is not serving our district 9 well. We watch the meetings on TV and he has missed almost more meetings than he has attended. If his job is a conflict he should rethink his decision to “serve” us. Thank God he is up for re-election. I pray someone capable and more available will run and win!

You are right about the bad treatment that our elected officials receive. It seems as though that treatment is for Black elected officials who challenge the status quo. There is one white elected official in particular who has been seen drunk and getting in his car to drive home. He is known but I assure you no one will talk about it Black or White. Prayerfully, he won’t hurt some one driving under the influence one of these days.

Focus on Education not Incarceratrion

April 29th, 2010
11:31 am

Larry Okeefee,
I read my blog after sending and I wanted to make one correction. Blacks who maintain the status quo do not get discredited, abused or disrespected either. Ray Charles who is blind and dead can see the dynamics working in Clayton County.

Larry OKeeffe

April 29th, 2010
1:19 pm

Focus on Education not Incarceration,

If you depend solely on the AJC for your facts that may be the reason you are so misinformed. Morrow High School has a young lady who is a recipient of the Gates Scholarship this year. I have confirmed this but will not post her name on this blog out of respect.

I do encourage elected and appointed officials, at every opportunity to deal with all children’s “bad decisions” utilizing understanding and support, incarceration is a last, but sometimes necessary, resort. There are over 100 men in Clayton County that have volunteered to Stand in the Gap for many of these children. You obviously know me, when I post I use my real name and do not hide my hand. I seldom post anymore and almost every time I do post I regret the decision immediately because of comments like the one you made regarding my son. You should know that my son has overcome his “bad decisions” and turned his life around. You can not know the true details of those “bad decisions”; you only know the false rumors and innuendos that were circulated in an attempt to discredit me. To attack someone through their children is despicable and cowardly.

The only meetings on TV are the monthly board meetings. There are work sessions and called meetings that are not broadcast. Check your facts Mr. Bivins has not even come close to missing more meetings than he attends. There are other board members that have missed just as many if not more meetings. If you bothered to attend meetings you would know this.

The disrespect and abuse our elected officials are forced to endure is not limited to any one race, just as hate and bigotry are not limited to one race. Until this county and for that mater this world learns to overcome hate and bigotry we will continue to face unnecessary difficulties because of it. My generation grew up in the ‘60s. We organized, marched and protested against such hatred. Some of my fellows died for it. It is sad that hate and bigotry are so persistent. Hate and Bigotry are not inherited they are learned behaviors. It is attitudes such as yours and others that post on this blog that perpetuate them.

Pray for our Schools

Gary

April 29th, 2010
6:00 pm

I like the direction things are going in Clayton County. I voted to clean house last election. The most important action I took was to get involved in the community and help fund the campaigns of the politicians willing to end the totally inept, and corupt regime that was in office. I just wrote a check to support senator Seay to defeat the just declared candidate Victor Hill. He should never hold another position of public trust. He is an idiot and black people pimp.

Pittbull

April 29th, 2010
7:45 pm

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out who some of these posters are. Lee, Victor, Jewel, and the others.

jimmy (conservative brother)

April 30th, 2010
10:17 am

Mary Lou, if you were referring to Clayton County courtrooms, maybe they are filled with blacks because blacks make up a majority of the population. I have also worked in law enforcement and what you quickly recognize in that field is that some black people commit crimes. I had that attitude when I started that I was going to stop all of the “profiling” and racial discrimination that came along with job. How quickly I found out that the world I had been living in wasn’t reality.
I could watch a criminal do something, chase him down, collect the evidence from his person and still the criminal and his family would proclaim his innocence and that the only reason I messed with him was because he was black. That is a tired and worn out excuse. Most law enforcement officers could care less about the color of ones skin. The pure nature of the job requires that you love what you do or you won’t be doing it long and to try and group all law enforcement officers into one racist group shows how bigoted your world is.
Please tell me where you became POST Certified. I would love to go there. If they are using targets with black people on it I can pretend to be offended then get a lawyer and sue. Which is exactly what has happened and is exactly why the only color you are likely to see on a target is gray or green. And you will not see a picture of anyone only a silhouette. Please come with the truth or else people will not take your comment seriously.
If you look for racism everywhere you are likely to find it. I once heard a comedian say that his uncle could find racism anywhere and while they were grocery shopping his uncle pointed at a counter of olives and said, “Why are the black olives in a can?” “Its racism.” That is exactly how you sound when you make statements like the one you made about those targets.

Progressive African American

April 30th, 2010
10:21 am

I don’t understand how the weakest links get into Clayton County Political Offices…strange…

Well it looks like the honorable Abdul Salaam has found a way to get the C-TRAN bill through. http://blogs.ajc.com/gold-dome-live/2010/04/29/c-tran-bill-passes-houses/

If it comes down to a vote – I and many others who read the news and get out to the polls will absolutely not stand for sales tax hike to fund it. I am in no way against public transportation, but again demographics need to be changed from those who ‘completely’ rely on it to those who would use it as an alternative form of transportation. Important days like voting, I can always get in my car and drive to the polls due to time constraints.

Mary Lou

April 30th, 2010
11:08 am

The reason we have few candidates to chose from is the same reason you won’t run! Who in their right mind would run?

whatever

April 30th, 2010
1:32 pm

Well speaking of few candidates to run for political office. Guess who just qualified to run for Commissioner in district 4? Can You say Jewel Scott ,Boys and girls? Can you imagine what will happen to our recovering County if SHE gets elected.? The woman can not think or speak for herself. She is a robot that repeats and does anything her controlling husband tells her to do.
If either Victor Hill or Jewel Scott win the races they are in This County can forget about Any progressive turnaround we are making and revert back to the cesspool they were and are counting on to stay elected.

Progressive African American

April 30th, 2010
3:05 pm

It ought to be a LAW against candidates with poor past records seeking re-election into Public Office! It ought to be a Law I say!

retired teacher

April 30th, 2010
4:20 pm

Elections have consequences! Voteers..read, listen, be educate, No one should promise things that can be delivered. Nothing is free. Any money the federal goveernment “gives back” to us is money we gave them in the first place.
As a result of some better voter choices Lawson is now the DA. The new solicitor is doing a better job than the previous one. Clayton got somethings right.