An internal Macon Police Department investigation into the actions of now-former officers Troy Guidry and Jon Wantz paints a damning picture of "cops gone wild." After his midnight shift began on a Wednesday evening late last January, Macon police officer Troy Guidry sent a text message to a buddy on the force. “Ready to go shopping tonight,” Guidry’s text to officer Jon Wantz said. For weeks, Guidry had had his eyes peeled for a tractor. He’d been wanting to spruce up the tree line around his 2½ acre yard in eastern Monroe County. As it happened, a small Kubota tractor, an orange one with a backhoe on it, was parked inside the gate at the Mr. Rooter plumbing company on Roff Avenue, less than a minute’s drive from the Pio Nono Avenue precinct office where Wantz and Guidry were based.
A grand jury report on a corruption case implicating DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis recommends that other county officials also be targeted for investigation. Ellis is accused of pressuring vendors for campaign contributions. His attorneys have said he's not guilty of any wrongdoing.
Opening statements are expected Thursday in the trial of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. Hill was elected last year despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges. He wasn't in office when he was indicted in February 2012, but the charges stem from his previous term as the county's sheriff, from 2005 to 2008. The indictment accuses Hill of using his office for personal gain.
Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a Georgia sheriff elected last year despite being under indictment on felony corruption charges. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill wasn't in office when he was indicted in February 2012. The charges stem from his previous term as the county's sheriff, from 2005 to 2008.
Indicted DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis wants the public corruption case against him dismissed. In court filings this week, Ellis maintains that a special grand jury lacked the authority to pursue allegations of theft, extortion and conspiracy against Ellis. Ellis' lawyers also claim that DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James did not provide their defendant with required notice of the indictment.
Media watchdogs are taking aim at federal regulations allowing TV stations like six in Georgia to share news operations while keeping separate ownership. The FCC is reviewing the rules. Craig Aaron of the Washington, D.C. based Free Press says, the stations share news so they can cut reporters, resulting in less service to communities.
The commissions that oversee the ethics of elected state legislators and judges are getting help with future investigations. That will come from a new unit inside Georgia’s office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This new squad will specifically focus on ethics cases of elected judges and legislators.