Your daily jolt: Cobb County D.A. says he’s done prosecuting Jessica Colotl

The Cobb County district attorney says he’s done prosecuting metro Atlanta’s most famous illegal immigrant, and wants a local judge to get over it.

Pat Head, whose term as county prosecutor is about to expire, says Jessica Colotl, the Kennesaw State University student whose illegal status sparked a statewide debate, has completed a plea bargain arrangement that he’s approved.

Jessica Colotl with her attorney, Jerome Lee at an October 2011 hearing.  Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com.

Jessica Colotl with her attorney, Jerome Lee at an October 2011 hearing. Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com.

Even if Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley hasn’t. From Kim Isaza and the Marietta Daily Journal:

In an eight-page response filed in Cobb Superior Court on Tuesday, Head repeatedly points out the entry into the pretrial diversion program — in which defendants charged with certain offenses can pay a fee and do community service to avoid prosecution and a criminal record — is at his discretion.

Head also writes that Colotl, who was charged with a felony charge of making a false statement, completed program requirements, including 150 hours of community service, done at the Brookhaven Boys & Girls Club, and paid the fees.

Previously, Staley had balked and said there was no precedent for such things. So Head cited a 2007 case involving the judge’s sister:

“Individuals charged with False Statement and even Forgery in the First Degree have been successfully admitted into the Pretrial Diversion Program. (See State v. Linda Staley Clark).”

You can say things like to a judge, in official court documents, when you don’t intend to run for public office again. Continued Head:

“To deny Ms. Colotl the benefit of the Program, which she successfully completed … would be arbitrary and capricious. As noted above, there is nothing about this Defendant’s charge that is exceptional or in her record that is disqualifying given other eligibility criteria,” Head writes.

But when the reporter asked Head if this were the end of the Colotl saga, the district attorney demurred. “I don’t know if anything is ever resolved in Georgia,” he said.

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U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta, goes into last leg of his tough re-election campaign with $1.9 million in the bank (as of Sept. 30) and a significant financial advantage – at least when it comes to personal campaign funds. From Russ Bynum and the Associated Press:

GOP challenger Lee Anderson, a state lawmaker and farmer from Grovetown, reported late Monday that he had $174,297 left in his campaign account at the end of September. That means for every dollar Barrow had to spend, Anderson had less than 15 cents.

As the last white Democratic congressman from the Deep South, Barrow is fighting harder than ever to win a fifth term. Republican state lawmakers redrew his 12th District seat last year to carve out Savannah, the congressman’s home and Democratic base, to a give the edge to a GOP challenger. Barrow vowed to press on and moved to a home in Augusta to stay within the district lines.

Barrow is spending his money on ads that portray him as an independent who refuses to be beholden to either party. The Democratic congressman rolled out a new TV ad Tuesday that highlights his recent endorsement by the National Rifle Association. The 30-second ad shows Barrow clutching his grandfather’s antique revolver and his father’s bolt-action rifle.

“I approve this message because these are my guns now,” Barrow, a Harvard educated lawyer, says as he slides the rifle’s bolt forward with a dramatic clack. “And ain’t nobody gonna take ‘em away.”

Anderson, meanwhile, was looking for a boost from one of the GOP’s biggest guns. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio joined Anderson for a private fundraiser Monday evening in Augusta. Anderson’s campaign didn’t immediately have any details Tuesday of how much money Boehner helped raise.

“John Barrow can spend as much money as he wants. It doesn’t change his voting record,” said Anderson spokesman Ryan Mahoney. “People in the 12th District know Lee Anderson, have worked with him and farmed with him. And at the end of the day they’re going to vote for him.”

Keep in mind that several outside conservative groups, including Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, are flocking to Anderson’s assistance.

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You’ll remember that, on Tuesday, we reported that state Rep. Steve Davis, R-McDonough, had written a letter to the city of Atlanta, noting that at least one of its traffic courts was displaying an old state flag – not the current one approved in 2003.

In response, we received this note from state Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta:

I thought you might want to know that after reading Steve’s letter regarding the Atlanta courtroom’s out-of- date flag, my office is forwarding a new one to them. Whenever, I can help my city look good for visitors – or alleged violators – I want to do whatever I can to help as a proud member of the Atlanta delegation.

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My former AJC colleague Ron Martz reports that a group of his journalism students at what will soon be the University of North Georgia have started a new media-monitoring blog, Media Byus. We eagerly await their judgment on last night’s presidential debate.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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94 comments Add your comment

ByteMe

October 17th, 2012
10:47 am

“Individuals charged with False Statement and even Forgery in the First Degree have been successfully admitted into the Pretrial Diversion Program. (See State v. Linda Staley Clark).”

If he wasn’t retiring, this is what it would mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akAj-TWUq0E

Jeff

October 17th, 2012
11:19 am

Notice Anderson never once talks about his own (abysmal, at best) record…..

J Throckmorton Malcontent

October 17th, 2012
12:01 pm

Cheer up, Hispanic haters, maybe Ms.Colotl will try to get a second trimester abortion and you can go after her again.

guest

October 17th, 2012
12:08 pm

J Throckmorton,

You are an idiot.

Eric

October 17th, 2012
12:36 pm

No, guest. He’s not.

Georgia

October 17th, 2012
12:44 pm

Does Jessica have a Georgia drivers license?

guest

October 17th, 2012
12:52 pm

Umm, yes he is, and apparantly you are too, Eric. So anyone who is against illegal aliens is a Hispanic hater?

Whiznot

October 17th, 2012
1:15 pm

People who are against free and open borders are morons. People were meant to be as free as birds.

J Throckmorton Malcontent

October 17th, 2012
1:17 pm

I deny the ugly rumor that I am a registered Republican.
Put yourself in this young senorita’s shoes, Guest. She was being arbitrarily prosecuted, one of a zillion people just like her, for the crime of being brought to the Land Of Opportunity by her parents. How would you like it if this state–once a penal colony, always a penal colony–made it illegal to post anonymously on internet message boards and then decided to prosecute you first? I suspect you would feel somewhat put upon. Else, you have a hole in your soul.
Ms.Colotl has already suffered more for her nation and community than you ever likely will, the good godess willing and the creek don’t rise. I predict that one day within a generation, regardless of what happens in November or thereafter, we will do the only thing it is possible to do with the Ms.Colotls of our society–take them down to the Kroger and swear them in to the citizenship they deserve.

RGP

October 17th, 2012
1:21 pm

What happened to her completing her time at Kennesaw and going HOME? Does anyone else here understand the word illegal? Simply by being in this country, she is commiting a crime. There are people all over this country who would give anything to have the opportunities she has enjoyed (even after being arrested for a felony). What is the message here?

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

October 17th, 2012
1:25 pm

John-Bama Barrow hugging a rifle? Lord God, the things a Democrat will resort to, to stay in office these days.

I’ve seen it all.

Dee

October 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

Nothing from Judge Mary Staley surprises me. If you’ve ever been in her court room then you’re well aware that she is prejudice. She is not fond of blacks, Hispanics or any other race that isn’t white and she does not try to hide it. For the record, I am white. Remember the Barbie Bandits? 2 white girls that robbed a bank and she gave them a slap on the wrist. Minorities who have committed far less serious crimes, go to prison. Cobb County will be a much better place once she’s off the bench.

Sheila

October 17th, 2012
1:28 pm

Just what would have her to do when she was brought over as a child? America is the only country she knows. What should she have?

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

October 17th, 2012
1:29 pm

Oh Jim, on the Jessica Colotl story, you left out some key events in the next few days….

Please be sure to tell us the timing of: (a) the prayer vigil; (b) Occupy Marietta Square; (c) unveiling of “I AM JESSICA” hoodies for sale; (d) March for Jessica; (e) Misc. demands for sensitivity training for all Judges, Prosecutors and Non-Liberal Media Reps; (f) Obama Press Conference to announce full citizenship for all Jessica-types – so long as they are old enough to be immediately registered to vote in this election; etc. etc.

Keeping it real...

October 17th, 2012
1:33 pm

RGP…Everybody forgets about messages. Idiot writer on Yahoo said it was wrong time for Livestrong and Nike to bail on Armstrong. No, it isn’t. He cheated and there are repercussions for that cheating regardless if you still race, or not.

Everybody forgets there are people watching to see outcomes. We forgive everything in the freaking country.

Keeping it real...

October 17th, 2012
1:35 pm

A Hispanic named Jessica. Yeah, right. Like calling AT&T and getting Steve in India. Yeah, sure.

Republican Supporter for 2012

October 17th, 2012
1:35 pm

The problem is when illegal immigrants are filling college seats that should go to US citizens.

As long as all of the qualified US citizens who applied to a college are accepted……….then any remaining spots can go to illegal immigrants.

I’m failry liberal on my illegal immigrant beliefs. I have no problem with giving college graduates, who are illegal immigrants, an easier path to citizenship…………….I just don’t want them filling spaces that should go to US citizens.

TJ

October 17th, 2012
1:36 pm

This is a terribly written article, hard to follow.

Bobby

October 17th, 2012
1:37 pm

I’ve told you people before Judge Mary Staley has a personal vendetta against Colotl. Justice is not anything Staley is interested in. She tries to make herself out as the hanging judge from the wild west days. I’m impressed with the Cobb DA for at least doing what is right in this case.

Keeping it real...

October 17th, 2012
1:38 pm

Hey Abe, how bout that divided house thing. That’s working out real well. Thanks.

Dee

October 17th, 2012
1:39 pm

Why should she pay for the sins of her parents?? Arrest her parents and throw them in jail but don’t punish her. We are living a pretty good life in this country due to the sins of our ancestors. You think there would be more compassion and understanding. Maybe one day we will all be charged in a court of law for the sins of our ancestors.

God

October 17th, 2012
1:42 pm

No where in the bible have I seen where it says one person has more right than any other, to live in a certain geographical area. You do not own this earth, or the land you live on. Who gave you the right to say who stays, and who leaves anywhere on this earth?

Bobby

October 17th, 2012
1:43 pm

@RGP; This is Colotl’s home. Get over yourself. She has worked hard to improve herself and done everything the court’s have requested of her. Her home is here in Georgia.

james

October 17th, 2012
1:47 pm

We have laws and Jessica should know them being
a college grad mostly on our dime, along with HS,
etc… Ship her back to wherever she’s from and them
if she would like to apply to come back to US legally
that is fine…. I like many other people are sick and
tired of the illegals using our schools, hospitals,
welfare, etc. If you liberals want to foot the bill then
you pay for them. As an Independent Im ready to move on
from the current do nothing President… and Im not that
fired up about the other canidate but change is needed or we will
become Greece sooner then later….

East Lake Ira

October 17th, 2012
1:49 pm

Being in the US without a VISA does not make you a criminal.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/illegal-aliens-are-not-criminals/

Proud Native Georgian

October 17th, 2012
1:52 pm

To RGP: Make her finish at KSU and go home? Sounds like a good idea. Then she can stay right here where she belongs and won’t have to go to Mexico. She’s lived here since she was a little child. This is just as much her home as it is yours.

Danny

October 17th, 2012
1:52 pm

You people are some bigots and I guarantee that most of you claim to be Christians which you suppose to have compassion because I can bet that if you one of your family members would be prosecuted that you would want people to have compassion and understanding but of course it is very easy to condemn others when it’s not you.

If anything I think the same American’s that keep stating “what part of illegal you don’t understand” should go to jail for speeding, cutting people off, running red lights because fact of the matter is that they are for more dangerous to other people than her because they can actually kill and hurt other Americans.

So if you claim to be Christian but have no compassion for the suffering of others, you a simply a hypocrite!

TrailerParkTed

October 17th, 2012
1:53 pm

I reckon the lil gal deserves to be left alone! Hell my oldest boy been locked up 12 times, dropped out of school when he was 14 and his lazy a$$ is a citizen! I feel sorry for white people when we are the minority, hopefully these folks will not treat us the way we are trying to treat them!

B. Thenet

October 17th, 2012
1:53 pm

We need more Pat Head’s in public service. I had the pleasure of serving on a grand jury for him, top notch through and through.

Ken

October 17th, 2012
1:58 pm

Just about all of the lawyers and judges and folks in the “know” can’t wait for Pat Head’s term as Distrtict Attorney in Cobb County to expire. He’s grown increasingly strange over the last few years.
Thank goodness we’ve got a reasonable man taking the reins who will listen to both sides without shooting off at the hip like Barney Fife.

Van Jones

October 17th, 2012
1:59 pm

Since it’s already been shown she doesn’t have a drivers license or insurance, I wonder how she got down to Brookhaven to serve those 150 hrs…

Southside Steve

October 17th, 2012
2:06 pm

I’d do her…yeah COME ON!!

Really

October 17th, 2012
2:08 pm

Well played Mr. Head. Well played…

Dee

October 17th, 2012
2:09 pm

If I were from Mexico, you’re damn right I’d do anything, risk life and limb to bring my children to a place where they could have a better life. Anyone in this forum that has children would do the same thing. We protect and provide for our children by any means possible. I will steal the food out of your children’s mouths to keep mine from starving. It’s our nature to do whatever it takes to provide for our own.

RGB

October 17th, 2012
2:09 pm

“That means for every dollar Barrow had to spend, Anderson had less than 15 cents.”

I suppose you were just dumbing it down for your liberal readers who can’t fathom the difference between $1.9 million and $174k. Explains their nonchalant attitude towards repeated trillion dollar deficits.

So, did you people catch The View yet?

Viva la Mehico

October 17th, 2012
2:14 pm

It’s MUCH easier to come here than try to change things in our country. Besides, most things here are in Spanish already anyway.

Van Jones

October 17th, 2012
2:16 pm

Four more years of Obama would be like suicide, and WE HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THINGS IN nOVEMBER.

Viva la Mehico

October 17th, 2012
2:18 pm

Latinos for Mitt Romney is really catching on around the nation, I really dunt wanna work, but if I wanted a job, Obama cant git me one. Alsos, my taco stand gives free tacos and a soda to everyone on this site that votes for Romney.

Van Jones

October 17th, 2012
2:18 pm

Van above, knock off the name-stealing.

ByteMe

October 17th, 2012
2:19 pm

Question, why do colordes like Obama have gray lips.

NOTSOFAST

October 17th, 2012
2:20 pm

It is not a crime to be in this country without a visa people. What if the Indians turned the europeans away?

I AM FOR THE WORKING & MIDDLE CLASS

October 17th, 2012
2:27 pm

The Ghost of Lester Maddox, you are an idiot. Lester Maddox was the Devil. Dee, I can’t agree with you more. Van Jones, shut your face. Bush is the one that caused all of these problems, not President Obama. Lose your job & see how much love the GOP has for you & everyone else that has fallen into hardtimes. The GOP “ONLY” wants your vote. They care absolutely “NOTHING” about YOU or YOUR FAMILY. Tell me something, do you hate a President of color so much that you are willing to have your generations of the future to suffer because of this? Everyone is complaining about Obamacare, but something should have been done decades ago about the rising cost of healthcare & the taxpayers & insured paying for the uninsured. There needs to be some type of system set up & President Obama has the balls to confront this issue. It’s ok to spend trillions to kill people in other countries because we want their oil, but it’s not ok to take care of our own people in America. You people are pathetic. Get sick or your family members get sick & see what happens. Millionaires & Billionaires can afford to pay cash for their medical bills, oh I forgot, the ones in Congress are allowing the middle class to pay for theirs along with their taxes. SMH!! People, wake up!!

I AM FOR THE WORKING & MIDDLE CLASS

October 17th, 2012
2:31 pm

I don’t remember the Native Americans welcoming the Europeans here & I don’t remember Africans coming here willingly with the Europeans. America BELONGS to the Native Americans, everyone else is an ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT!! And you people claim this Country was built on Christianity. I doubt that very seriously with all the racism, hate, greed, selfishness this country is instilled with.

Keeping it real...

October 17th, 2012
2:36 pm

Van Jones, That power is slipping very fast. Their allegiance to each other is incredible. How can Marion Barry (Wash Mayor) be reelected after conviction. Clayton County Sheriff has 37 pending felonies and gets reelected. Michael Vick has never been a great QB, but they defend him continuously.

That “the mind a terrible thing to waste” didn’t work out to well either.

Big Hat

October 17th, 2012
2:41 pm

Impeach Pat Head before he leaves office. Or indict him for professional negligence and dereliction of office afterwards.

lexi

October 17th, 2012
2:45 pm

As Milton Friedman rightly observed,it is axiomatic that a welfare state cannot have open borders. The current economic apocalypse Europe faces (and we will face) is brought on, in large measure, by rent [welfare] seekers crossing borders. It does not take an economics wizard to understand the underlying math. It does take a brain.

If the indians owned this country before it was settled by europeans then their descendents have a superior claim to any piece of it that you or your family may now “own” or occupy. Anyone care to declare which tribe(s) own this country? And, what was ownership predicated on, prior habitation, conquest…?

independent

October 17th, 2012
3:00 pm

Dee said…”I will steal the food out of your children’s mouths to keep mine from starving. It’s our nature to do whatever it takes to provide for our own”. Spoken like a true Democrat. Don’t work for your food, steal it; and from another child if necessary. Never would cross her mind to maybe plant some vegetables, barter, get a job, babysit, clean a house. Just steal it dammit; it’s a whole lot easier than working. Pitiful.

pb

October 17th, 2012
3:00 pm

Pat Head is right.Time to move on, and stop trying to score political points, like this judge is. Or maybe the judge just wants to show her bad self authority. Either way, wasting time. Jessica Colotl has learned her lesson. Why do some of you hate “foreigners” so much?

Activism from the bench

October 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

Activism from the bench – isn’t this a conservative no-no? I guess not if you’re obviously posturing for your conservative base, although Cobb is a fiscally conservative county and not a lunatic fringe county. I love that Pat Head citing a case involving Staley’s sister – classic! If I’m not mistaken, Staley’s husband almost died of food poisoning in Mexico over the holidays. So maybe she has it out for native Mexicans. (And perhaps the taco was intended for her.)

juan carlos diego raul sanchez

October 17th, 2012
3:12 pm

she needs to get a job at taco bell and shut up