District Attorney Brad Smith announced Friday that he has asked the Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia to look into the operation of the Municipal Court of Pendergrass.
Smith said the GBI had declined to look into allegations from a group of Pendergrass whistleblowers of ticket-fixing in the court because there appeared to be no criminal violations. Smith said he then asked the state to look into the operations to “restore confidence” in the system.
“In a letter dated August 26, 2009, (I) asked the Administrative Office of the Courts of Georgia to conduct an audit/investigation into the procedures and actions of the Municipal Court of Pendergrass in order to restore public confidence in the Courts and to bring closure to this issue,” said Smith in the news release Friday.
The release also said that allegations concerning the misuse of SPLOST money “would not be a violation of Georgia law that is subject to criminal sanctions.”
“It could not be investigated or prosecuted by the GBI or District Attorney’s Office,” Smith said. “The legal remedy for any alleged misuse of SPLOST revenue would be a civil lawsuit, which the District Attorney’s Office would not have standing to execute.”
The release also said the GBI investigation into the possible misuse of city funds is ongoing.
“It is unclear at this time how long this investigation will take,” said Smith. “Due to legal and ethical requirements, the GBI and District Attorney’s Office cannot comment on an ongoing criminal investigation; however, the results of this investigation will be revealed at the appropriate legal and ethical time.”
Every and I do mean EVERY radar citation written on hwy 129 and on the old 129 thru Pendergrass is not worth the paper it is written on. The city is required by the state to have a sign at the point were the city limits intersects the state highway that warns of SPEED DETECTION DEVICES being used. There are signs in Jefferson coming from Athens and on the other end of 129 before you get to Pendergrass city limits. The law is very clear were it says " AT THE POINT ON THE HIGHWAY WHICH INTERSECTS THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE MUNICIPALITY ". WHEN DOING A LEXIS-NEXIS search for code 40-14-6 of the Ga code this is what you will find. I have pictures of the Pendergrass signs so there is no need for the crooks of Pendergrass Government change them now. What I want to know is why is the GBI not looking in to this?? These people have not been following the law and stealing peoples money but this is okay says the GBI. I say lets find out who is in charge at the GBI and lets put their job on the line. You know these people do work for us the people of GA. The mayor of Pendergrass ,Ga needs to be ran out of GA with his pants around his knees just how he has been caught along with all the other city government officials. We need all monies returned to the people who have been fined by Pendergrass, Ga court because they were not following the state law for running speed detection devices. Check out the law I have quoted and see for your shelf.
FJCR a.k.a. One krazy Redneck
09/10/09 at 11:34 PM
Yeah he ask someone to take a look at the court BUT did he ask them to look at the right stuff? And did the DA ask them to do anything?
Wait a cotton picking minute the DA said he ask the GBI to look at it and they declined to look at it because they said there didn't appear to be no criminal violations? Wouldn't ticket fixing be a criminal violation?
I thought the DA asked the GBI to look at bribery in the court which wasn't even one of the allegations. I think he also asked the GBI to look at some of the financial issues. I have to look back at the articles. It's online somewhere.