Your morning jolt: Handcuffs and a backseat ride for ex-Cobb EMC chief

Roy Barnes is mightily ticked off.

His client, retired Cobb EMC chief Dwight Brown, was re-indicted on racketeering charges last week. Shortly afterward, on his way to his lawyer’s office, Brown was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy, handcuffed and taken to jail in the back of the cop car.

From this morning’s Marietta Daily Journal:

“He said, ‘I’m not going anywhere, why did they have to do this?’” Barnes said. “Dwight Brown has had a very distinguished business career, starting with Georgia Power. He does not believe, and neither do I, that he has committed a criminal act. He is befuddled and upset at the fact that this has come down and he’s become a punching bag for everybody that’s dissatisfied about everything.”

Barnes said he believes that the district attorney’s office notified the sheriff’s office on Wednesday that an indictment could be forthcoming and that District Attorney Pat Head, or someone in his office, told deputies they wanted Brown arrested.

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The president of the freshman class of 2010 in the U.S. House has let it be known that he’s not losing any sleep over a coming confrontation over the debt ceiling. From the New York Times:

[M]any Congressional Republicans seem to be spoiling for a fight, calculating that some level of turmoil caused by a federal default might be what it takes to give them the chance to right the nation’s fiscal ship.

“I certainly think you will see some short-term volatility,” said Representative Austin Scott of Georgia, the president of the freshman class. “In the end, the sun is going to come up tomorrow.”

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In this footage from Ross Cavitt of Channel 2 Action News, Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee indicates he’ll be emphasizing public safety when it comes to the tax hike he’s proposed:

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FBI agents on Tuesday raided the Mississippi Choctaws’ Pearl River Resort and seized the casino’s computer hard drives. The raid could be linked to a tribal leadership fight. In any case, there appears to be a Georgia connection – and it’s not Ralph Reed.

From the Jackson Clarion-Ledger:

Phyliss J. Anderson would have taken office Tuesday, but the Tribal Council voted Friday to throw out that election and hold a new one Sept. 6. Salary for the job is $466,000 a year.

Current chief, Beasley Denson, who lost to Anderson, last week cast the deciding vote in favor of a new election.

After that meeting, Anderson declared the vote “an attempt to steal our election.”

“The Choctaw voters elected a new chief to lead our tribe and clean up the financial mess. The ‘Atlanta group’ that has controlled our money is trying to take our vote away,” she said referring to Mercury Gaming Management and its affiliate marketing firm, the Titan Agency, the management company that runs Pearl River Resort.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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33 comments Add your comment

Angry Voter

July 13th, 2011
9:28 am

Roy, Roy, Roy, Roy, you just don’t get it…

You and your clients have to follow the same laws as the rest of the people in GA. Your client is charged with a crime, so your client is arrested. We all know that Roy Barnes thinks he can write his own rules. Why does he feel the need to continually remind everyone that he hasn’t learned that lesson?

double

July 13th, 2011
9:41 am

Should we default on national debt which branch of politicians will be blamed most?

td

July 13th, 2011
9:41 am

Note to Tim Lee: You just signed your own political death warrant in Cobb county. Have fun back in the private sector finding work after the next election.

td

July 13th, 2011
9:46 am

double

July 13th, 2011
9:41 am
Should we default on national debt which branch of politicians will be blamed most?

The media blamed Newt for the government shutdown last time and what happened. Clinton gave in and we had 4 balanced budgets, $384 billion paid off in national debt and real entitlement reform (Welfare system).

Republicans need to stick to their guns and do the right thing for the country.

Just Wait

July 13th, 2011
9:58 am

Hey Dwight, who cares? Did your feelings get hurt?

Chuck

July 13th, 2011
9:59 am

Jim,

Thank you for making me smile this morning with the “Handcuffs and a care ride for ex-Cobb EMC chief” headline. Hopefully justice will be served. I just can’t believe I voted for this guy’s lawyer twice!

catlady

July 13th, 2011
10:02 am

Who won’t get paid if the government defaults? Let’s start with the legislators!

catlady

July 13th, 2011
10:03 am

Mr. Brown is a crook. He should be treated as such.

td

July 13th, 2011
10:18 am

catlady

July 13th, 2011
10:02 am

Good idea. We should then not pay the Federal employees (excluding military). Then we can make sure the SS checks get out on time.

Centrist

July 13th, 2011
10:21 am

The Cobb EMC management and board has been corrupt for years, and arrogant after being caught. Nice to see they may not get away with it. Their lawyer is a scumbag, too – but then the voters figured that out years ago.

NameRequired

July 13th, 2011
10:21 am

Dwight Brown in handcuffs – could not have happened to a nicer guy! Six years after moving from West Cobb, I’m still waiting for my $917.00 distribution from Cobb EMC. Every other EMC in the state will give you a nice refund periodically and when you close your account, but Cobb EMC has not made a distribution to the customer in decades – wonder why?

Loran, Whatayagot

July 13th, 2011
10:37 am

Dwight Brown’s pockets are full of money generated from my 33 years of paying Cobb EMC rates and setting up his own business using my revenue which should have been applied to lowering my
energy costs. And he thinks he’s done nothing wrong? I’m ashamed to say Dwight attends my church. He should listen more closely to the sermons.

dagnabit

July 13th, 2011
10:48 am

td. Why do you give the military a pass. The military are second only to the republicans for being a pack of liars.

Lux

July 13th, 2011
10:54 am

Wake up Austin Scott. You’re an idiot to pay Russian Roulette with the U.S. economy.
Stupid macho blustering.

td

July 13th, 2011
10:57 am

dagnabit

July 13th, 2011
10:48 am
td. Why do you give the military a pass. The military are second only to the republicans for being a pack of liars

A prime example to my Democratic friends on this blog of how the core of your own party feels about our country. This person hates our military and probably hates the country as well. Were are all my patriotic Democratic friends defending our military and letting people like this person know that their attitude is unacceptable?

Double Zero Eight

July 13th, 2011
10:59 am

Jail is where Mr. Brown belongs. Another example that
most attorneys will take any case. As usual, it’s all about
the money. That goes for Mr. Brown and Roy!

JSH

July 13th, 2011
11:29 am

“King Roy” found out he’s not king anymore.

yuzeyurbrane

July 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

That Austin Scott would be chosen as the leader of freshman Repubs says volumes about the intellectual void in the GOP. Austin, his extremely wealthy doctor Dad and their families will probably come thru econ. disaster he causes OK, being able to pick up some really good deals on foreclosed real estate. Daddy bought him his Cong. seat. And they both mouth a wide open disdain for both Medicare and SS while at the same time Daddy built his practice on govt. largesse (Medicare) they attack. There will be a special place in xxxx reserved for these hypocrits.

td

July 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

yuzeyurbrane

July 13th, 2011
12:08 pm

“Daddy built his practice on govt. largesse (Medicare) they attack”

That is impossible my friend when Medicare and Medicaid only pay 50 50 80% of the actual cost of being treated. Most doctors have limited the number of these patients so they will not go bankrupt.

Wilma

July 13th, 2011
12:34 pm

The public perp walk is a prosecutorial tactic designed to intimidate and poision the jury pool. Regardless of what I think of Brown, Mr. Head overstepped here and should be held accountable.
I am no fan of King Roy but he is right about the procescutor here.Head ought to be ashamed.

yuzeyurbrane

July 13th, 2011
12:35 pm

td, your willingness to roll craps with the debt ceiling may get you the lower % in taxes paid that you complain about in some of your many many blogs, but not in the way you envision. P.S.-your grammar and spelling have improved. Kudos.

yuzeyurbrane

July 13th, 2011
1:07 pm

td, by the way, I enjoy debating with someone intelligent like you. So don’t take anything too personal. Re Medicare, this is something I know something about since I am a Senior and also have handled paperwork for my parents almost since inception of program. Medicare payments are much like major private insurers and they usually use same coding and payout rates. Which means the “charge” by doctor is reduced to UCR (usual, customary and reasonable charge) and then Medicare pays the doctor 80% directly. Doctors like this because they don’t have to go chasing patients for payment and feel extremely comfortable with U.S. govt. being on the hook for the bill. It’s almost like guaranteed payment. Wouldn’t you like that as a businessman? You equate “actual cost” with “charge” and no insurer, public or private, does that. In fact, one of problems with all (sometimes bordering on fraud) is “coding” manipulation by doctors which means the charge usually exceeds the actual cost. Coding is the little number on the claim which tells the computers what the doctor did for you and dictates what they are going to get paid. Therefore, 1 of things in Healthcare Reform bill is experimentation in moving away from procedures payments to results oriented payments. I admit much can be done here. Most Seniors also carry private Medigap policies that cover the 20% not covered by Medicare.

Now, you mention that “most doctors” have limited the number of Medicare and Medicaid patients they accept. This is not accurate because you throw Medicare and Medicaid into the same basket. Medicaid is the program for welfare recipients. It pays less than Medicare and many doctors have complained, rightly, about its payments, and have either refused to see or limited the number of Medicaid patients they see. This is a problem. But almost all doctors still see Medicare patients because it pays at a signicantly higher rate and because some practices (e.g. orthopedic hip and knee specialists) get most of their income from Medicare patients. Other specialities get varying percents from Medicare but almost all get a significant part because old folks are sicker (as you will find out 1 day) and are a disproportionate % of patient population.

Also, since you have a BS degree, and because you seem to have a flare for understanding finances, you will appreciate the statistics. In or about 1961, doctors’ average income was about $10,500, which made most solidly middle-class for the times. By about 1966 (a couple of yrs. after Medicare started), it had more than doubled to about $25,000. And on and on since then. The simple fact is that Medicare provides a significant and secure source of income for many doctors who have evidently prospered since then (just ask all the stockbrokers who are the groups they most seek out as clients).

The bottom line is that the statement about the hypocrisy of the Scott family is accurate.

CSI

July 13th, 2011
1:13 pm

Kudos to the Cobb DA’s office and Sheriff’s department for jailing this (alleged) crook. The day when (alleged) ex cheater-in-chief Beverly Hall gets the same treatment down in Fulton can’t come soon enough.

memyselfandI

July 13th, 2011
1:47 pm

my ill daughter has lost her dream job after cancer and its sequelae, now lost her insurance. is on temporary COBRA, thanks to feds. we are using our retirement to keep paying her bills, and eventually she will be on Medicare and then Medicaid unless we can find coverage privately for a very ill person who is young………. we both have advanced degrees, hubby and I, and have wonderful jobs. but we will not stop paying for our daughter’s health, down to our last dollar, and hoping that in time she will improve. but normal, non-welfare people, maybe your neighbors, might have a turn of rotten luck and wind up needing federal assistance. (hopefully not.)

THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF G-D GO I.

Josh

July 13th, 2011
1:51 pm

I hope I live long enough to be able to see Nathan Deal in handcuffs awaiting trial for all the illegal things he has done and got a pass on.

I am amazed that people can’t see through all the corruption he has participated in for years..

When he changed from D to an R everybody suddenly thinks everything he has done in the past and currently does is OK and he is no longer accountable.

Last Man Laying Down

July 13th, 2011
1:57 pm

The reason Roy hasn’t learned his lesson is he still has many friends sitting on benches around the state. And it’s of little deterrence if you get called out on something 1% of the time and get your way the other 99%. Most of us would call that winning.

As for Mr. Lee, he’s a nice man, closely groomed for the job by Sam Olens. He just found himself in the right place at the wrong time. His friend Sam will look out for him.

Oh, and yuzeyurbrane is 100% correct regarding Medicare and Medicaid. It’s a very complex strategy, but he or she explains what is going on quite well. And by the way, physicians in certain specialities that any of us could require treatment from (oncologist or orthopaedist for example) average an income around $500,000 per year. Even those in large family practice groups can make quite a nice living. Nothing wrong with that, but we have to re-evaluate how all of us will share a smaller piece of pie.

Rob Woodall Has Always Gotten His Healthcare for Free (but Paid By You), Yet he wants your grandparents to forgo food to pay out from their fixed income for healthcare

July 13th, 2011
2:04 pm

memyselfandI,

I’m sorry to hear about your daughter’s cancer and the potentially devastating financial consequences it portends for your daughter and perhaps you and your husband. This is obviously what healthcare reformers were hoping to help prevent. It is unfortunate that stories like yours are happening every day and opponents of the plan put forth by the President prefer that your family to go bankrupt.

catlady

July 13th, 2011
3:58 pm

memyselfandI, because, in their minds, your daughter DESERVES her illness (otherwise, why would she have it)? They, (right thinking, God fearing, Christian Republicans) never have illnesses like hers. And, if they do, they’ve EARNED the help they get. See, it is a handout if supplied to you or your daughter, but to them it is EARNED.

I hope she experiences complete healing quickly! May God bless you all!

Josh

July 14th, 2011
10:06 am

The Titan Agency is a bunch of dirty crooks running that place anyways. They all spend tons of money and only have one main account, Pearl River, yeah it definitely looks shady. I’d like to see those a-holes go down in flames.

TIM

July 14th, 2011
2:23 pm

DOWN WITH BROWN…………

Stacy

July 15th, 2011
9:43 am

Dear Loran, Whatayagot – my fellow parishioner:

I listen to the sermons at our church. Have you heard Pastor quote Matthew 7, “Do not judge or you too will be judged”? Or what about Proverbs 10:18, “Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool”?

Let’s remember we cannot be sure we know the whole truth about these allegations against this man who sits on the next pew.

Proverbs 11:9, “With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape.”

I hope and pray the second part of that verse holds true for Dwight.

geez

July 16th, 2011
11:40 pm

I think @td learned something on this post–that they don’t know everything!

Silent Jay

July 19th, 2011
12:44 pm

So where’s the picture? Or did Cox outsource all photography to Korea?

Looking forward to big kimchi layout this Sunday.