Fri., June 28, 2013 2:09pm (EDT)

VIDEO: Panel Votes Not To Suspend Brooks
By Claire Simms
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Updated: 1 year ago

ATLANTA  —  
Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes sits next to his client state Representative Tyrone Brooks, (D)-Atlanta, during a hearing where a review panel decided not to suspend Brooks from office.
Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes sits next to his client state Representative Tyrone Brooks, (D)-Atlanta, during a hearing where a review panel decided not to suspend Brooks from office.
A panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal voted unanimously Friday not to suspend state Rep. Tyrone Brooks, (D)-Atlanta, from office.

Brooks was indicted in May on 30 counts of tax fraud and other charges related to what the U.S. Attorney’s Office has called the “Universal Humanities Scheme” and the “GABEO Scheme.” According to the indictment, Brooks used almost $1 million in funds from both organizations for his own personal expenses.

The panel, made up of Republican Attorney General Sam Olens, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, both Democrats, held a short hearing before submitting their report to the Governor.

Under the state Constitution, the panel had to determine whether Brooks’s indictment related to “the performance or activities of the office” that Brooks holds. In their report, the panel concluded the indictment did not. Their determination is binding.