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.
“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.
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.”
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:
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.
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