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CVI UGA Holistic View of Impact of County Video Presentation of the Meeting https://dekalbcountyga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2698
Welcome to the land of Oz and secret meetings
[DeKalb County commissioners are discussing options to remove the Lost Cause Confederate obelisk in Decatur Square, erected in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.]
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
By Rosie Manins May 4, 2018 (…)
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
he next step for DeKalb County in its quest to remove a 110-year-old Confederate monument from Decatur Square will be decided by the county’s operations committee.
The committee – made up of DeKalb Commissioners Steve Bradshaw, as chairman, Nancy Jester and Mereda Davis Johnson – will discuss what to do at their next meeting on May 8.
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
Mereda Davis Johnson
Johnson, representing District 5, introduced a resolution to remove the Lost Cause monument that was passed by the Board of Commissioners in January, and has since suggested a taskforce be set up, involving DeKalb citizens, to explore options and make recommendations.
Commissioner Kathie Gannon, of Super District 6, has also suggested the monument be relocated to county property in a less prominent position, and that historic context be added to the display.
Those options will be considered by the committee, as the county received only two responses to a public request for information about moving the monument, which ran 60 days from Feb. 22 to April 23.
DeKalb chief operating officer Zachary Williams said one respondent suggested the monument be left in place, outside the historic DeKalb County courthouse, and turned into a veterans’ memorial.
The other respondent suggested the 30-foot-tall obelisk, erected in 1908 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, could be relocated to the Allatoona Pass Battlefield of the Red Top Mountain State Park in northwest Georgia.
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
Williams, speaking to commissioners during their Committee of the Whole meeting on May 1, said the county had contacted the director of the department of natural resources for state parks, who agreed to respond if the county provided a detailed request or submission.
Williams said another “potentially interested party” was sent a submission form by the county at the end of April.
“We’ve continued to solicit and seek ideas, although the RFI period has expired,” he said.
Prior to issuing an RFI, the county also contacted the Atlanta History Center, Oakland Cemetery, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Site, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Marietta Confederate Cemetery and Marietta National Cemetery, to gauge interest in the monument.
“We did not receive an interest from any of those, and overall we’ve not received a robust interest in doing anything as it relates to moving or contextualizing or anything else as it relates to the monument,” Williams said.
Rader, who represents District 2, suggested the operations committee take charge, to form a recommendation for the Board of Commissioners to consider.
DeKalb committee to discuss removal of Confederate monument
“I think that it would be time now, given that we’ve solicited input from outside folks, that we then commit this to the operations committee, since they’re responsible for county property, to take those suggestions and maybe come up with our next step,” Rader said. “Because what I see us having to do is to go ahead and now resolve to take the next steps forward, whether it’s one of the suggestions from commissioners or a hybrid of those, depending on how the commission wants to move forward and it seems like that deliberation would best occur in the operations committee.”
In April, Johnson said the county would remove the monument no matter what, once it had explored its legal options.
“We have the authority to do so,” she said April 10. “I would like to put it in storage until we can get someone that can take it. We have to follow the law and the bureaucracy but we intend to remove the monument.”
The obelisk, which “glorifies and praises soldiers of the Confederacy,” has become a contentious issue for thousands in the community who have signed petitions for and against its removal.
Hundreds of people have also marched against the monument and held vigils calling for it to be taken away from downtown Decatur.
Opponents of the Jim Crow-era obelisk say it is inappropriate to have a monument, which was created to intimidate people of color, in a prominent position at the county’s seat of justice and administration.
They point out the monument’s installation in Decatur Square came on the heels of the bloody Atlanta race riot of 1906, when armed white mobs attacked black people, killing more than 25 and injuring more than 90.
Those who prefer the monument to stay in situ say it is an important reminder of history, and that more information should be installed around the structure for historic context.
Hell, let’s all get together and bitch about something, just for the sake of finding out if the County will remove it. NOTICE the article shows that the thing is at the “old” Courthouse. Not at the currently used Courthouse, but the ancient, antique courthouse. So WTF, is the problem here?
Having Been Voted Best Fleet, this came out:
DeKalb Awarded $3.6 million in Mass Transit Improvements
Wed, 2018-04-25 15:12
DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County will receive $3.6 million in mass transit improvements through a federal grant issued to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). The award will enhance public transportation in the county and includes new buses.
“This investment in DeKalb County transit infrastructure and rolling stock will begin to bring more service into south DeKalb County, while also improving the emissions with cleaner CNG fuel and improving our rider experience from the central into the eastern and southern segments of our county,” said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond.
MARTA was awarded $3.6 million in funding for buses that will expand capacity in central and south DeKalb County. The funding from the Federal Transit Administration will upgrade and replace 40-foot diesel-fueled buses with 60-foot Compressed Natural Gas buses. The new and environmentally friendly buses will be stationed in central DeKalb County at the Laredo Bus Depot in Scottdale. They will be used to enhance service on MARTA Route 121, which connects riders to the Avondale Station and the city of Stone Mountain. The bus route travels the Ponce de Leon Avenue corridor and is one of DeKalb’s most heavily used routes.
“As we build out More MARTA across the region, we will continue to partner and enhance existing service options with the jurisdictions in our core service areas. Our goal is to simply become and maintain the status of being one of the best transit and transportation systems in the nation,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker.
“This grant will allow MARTA to provide more service in DeKalb County, along one of our busiest routes,” said MARTA Board of Directors DeKalb County representative Frederick L. Daniels.
Based on customer feedback and service analysis, MARTA also modified several bus routes in DeKalb County to improve overall service, on-time performance, ridership and safety. Routes 39 (Buford Highway), 116 (Redan Road) and 121 (Memorial Drive/North Hairston Road) schedules have been adjusted to enhance weekday and weekend service.
The county, in partnership with DeKalb Municipal Association, has also engaged the Atlanta Regional Commission to produce a Transit Master Plan to provide a comprehensive vision for public transit in DeKalb. The Transit Master Plan will review additional public transportation service expansions and serve as Phase I of the DeKalb Comprehensive Transportation Plan Update that will be completed in 2019.
DECATUR, Ga. – The DeKalb County Fleet Management Department was awarded the “Best Fleet” in North America Award sponsored by 100 Best Fleets in America and Governing Magazine. The county earned first place out of 38,000 public fleets and was recognized for distinguished customer service, sustainability practices and employee training.
“The DeKalb Fleet Management Department exemplifies all that is right about public service,” said Tom C. Johnson, founder of the 100 Best Fleets in America program. “The county has developed best practices that reduce the need for unscheduled repairs, maintenance costs and negative environmental impacts.”
Fleet Management maintains repair services for a fleet of approximately 3,600 county vehicles and equipment. In the past year, the department has maintained a 99 percent positive feedback rate on customer service surveys and implemented green initiatives that include upgrading the fueling program, opening an environmentally friendly above-ground fuel site and reducing gasoline and diesel fuel consumption. The county also trained nearly 300 drivers on idle reduction which limits engine running time and improves DeKalb’s air quality.
“DeKalb County is pleased to recognize the leadership of Robert Gordon, deputy director of fleet management,” said CEO Michael Thurmond. “His commitment to excellent service, environmental stewardship and creating a high-trust culture is an example for all of us to follow.”
Fleet Management which is part of the Department of Public Works includes 1,600 full- and part-time employees and a budget of $460 million.
“We keep DeKalb rolling,” said Deputy Director Gordon.” Winning the 100 Best Fleet Award shows that the county is providing value to the citizens we serve and that we are focused on doing the right thing.”
Started nineteen years ago, the annual 100 Best Fleets in America program recognizes high-trust, high-performance fleet operations in North America and Canada. Criteria for the award includes use of technology, performance, collaboration, service turnaround time and accountability. This award was recently announced at the NAFA Institute and Expo. For more information, visit http://www.the100bestfleets.com.
DeKalb bills to abolish CEO and create Greenhaven city fall short in Ga. House
By Tia Mitchell – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kathryn Rice speaks in favor of creating the city of Greenhaven during a press conference at the State Capitol last month. TIA MITCHELL/TIA.MITCHELL@AJC.COM
Posted: 4:36 p.m. Thursday, March 01, 2018
Two bills affecting DeKalb County — one eliminating the CEO form of government and one that created the path for the city of Greenhaven — failed to get a vote on the House floor Wednesday.
That means both measures are likely dead for the 2018 session.
Proponents of House Bill 644 said they were surprised to learn Friday that the bill sponsor, Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, was no longer in support.
“We found out a new person is going to present our bill and the map is going to change,” said Kathryn Rice, who has led the Greenhaven effort for four years.
Mitchell said he backed off the bill because fellow members of the DeKalb delegation were not on board.
Supporters say the cityhood bill is a fairness issue and that south DeKalb residents should get the chance to vote on forming Greenhaven. Opponents have argued the new city is a bad idea because of its large footprint with 300,000 people and relatively small amount of commercial property.
Although a committee approved the measure largely along party lines with Republicans in favor, it did not come up for a floor vote. Rice said she and others will huddle soon to determine next steps. They aren’t ready to throw in the towel.
“We don’t tolerate suppression of the vote from anybody,” she said.
Ed Williams, chairman of Citizens Against Cityhood in DeKalb, was happy with the outcome. He believes there should be a moratorium on creating cities until new procedures are in place.
“We hope the Georgia General Assembly reforms the cityhood process before it allows any other cityhood or annexation bills to be passed,” Williams said in a news release after the vote. “We hope DeKalb County will have completed its study on how cities impact its services and budget before any other cities are allowed to be created.”
+ The DeKalb Board of Commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond discussed a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) in 2017.
The DeKalb Board of Commissioners and CEO Mike Thurmond discussed a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) in 2017. MARK … read more
A second bill that would have dissolved the county CEO position also failed to get a floor vote. House Bill 961 was introduced and approved in committee before DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond and most members of the Board of Commissioners knew it existed. Rep. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, said she sponsored the legislation after becoming convinced the unique CEO government structure was causing many of the county’s issues.
In addition to facing criticism for being fast-tracked, the bill was panned by those who said DeKalb voters should determine whether the CEO position should be eliminated.
For two years, county leaders have asked members of the DeKalb delegation to create a Charter Review Commission that would come up with recommendations about how the government can operate more effectively. So far, the delegation has not acted.
Hanson said Thursday that she plans to file a resolution showing support for creating a study committee.
Commissioner Jeff Rader, presiding officer of the board, envisions a panel of private citizens and elected officials. If their suggestions include doing away with an elected CEO, he would put it on the ballot as early as 2019, Rader said. Thurmond, who was critical of Hanson’s bill, said he would support the formation of a committee.
“I will work with the DeKalb County Commissioners and the legislative delegation to establish a Charter Review Commission that includes a comprehensive review of our county government,” Thurmond said in a statement. “This will include robust public involvement and rely ultimately on the decision of DeKalb citizens.”
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We have been fighting, not only Annexation into Stone Mountain, City Limits, but also creation and Annexation into a new City of Greenhaven. Some responsible, caring individuals, with their heads on straight have led the fight against Greenhaven.
We need more people like Ed Williams, Ed.D.
One such individual, Ed Williams, Ed.D. was an instrumental opponent who knows how to get people to understand the truth about what they were trying to accomplish, and it was not for the good of the people.
The email I received today:
I have attached a press release related to the recent failure of Greenhaven cityhood bill (HB644) to make it to the House floor for a vote o Crossover day
Ed Williams. Ed.D.
Chair, Concerned Citizens For Effective Government
Brian Hernandez Acosta and his brother, Nilageo Alvarez Acosta, have been arraigned on charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, sex trafficking of a minor, and transportation of a minor for prostitution. A third man, Jaime Adam Riano, was arraigned on the same charges on April 13.
“These men allegedly preyed on vulnerable young girls by sexually exploiting them for quick money,” said U.S. Attorney John A. Horn. “This case highlights the danger that lurks on social media sites, where the defendants allegedly pursued some of the child victims.”
“These federal charges are a reminder that sex trafficking of minors continues to be a very real problem and that it is not confined to urban areas. This case further illustrates how law enforcement, working together across many jurisdictions and state lines, remains responsive in addressing this heinous crime problem that will forever scar those being exploited,” said David J. LeValley, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office.
“We are thankful for the work and success of all involved in this investigation that has ended the elaborate criminal enterprise these predators operated. The scope of their operation is a reminder that sex trafficking is a real danger for the young people in our communities,” said Chief Jason Parker, Dalton Police Department.
According to U.S. Attorney Horn, the charges and other information presented in court: Hernandez Acosta, Alvarez Acosta, and Riano allegedly conspired to traffic minor girls for commercial sex throughout North Georgia as well as in Florida and Tennessee. Beginning in or around November 2015, and continuing until December 2016, the defendants caused at least five girls between 16 and 17 years old to engage in prostitution, including by using force, fraud, and coercion.
Hernandez Acosta, after pursuing some of the girls on Facebook, allegedly posted provocative photographs of them in the adult entertainment and escort sections of www.backpage.com, a classified advertisement website, to solicit men to have sex with the minors for money. The advertisements used fake names for the minors and falsely listed the minors as between ages 19 and 21 years, when in fact, they were all underage. Hernandez Acosta and Alvarez Acosta forced one 16-year-old girl to have sex with the men after driving her from Florida to Georgia to engage in prostitution, and after falsely offering the girl a place to live.
Riano often drove this 16-year-old victim to the locations where she engaged in commercial sex acts. Another 16-year-old high school student was driven to a residence in the Atlanta area to have sex with a man for $150, which was paid directly to Hernandez Acosta. The defendants operated a high-volume, low-cost business, requiring the young girls to have sex with multiple men each night and kept nearly all of the money they earned.
Hernandez Acosta, 26, of Dalton, Georgia, Alvarez Acosta, 31, of Tampa, Florida, and Riano, 29, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, were indicted April 11, 2017.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dalton Police Department. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and the Murray County Sheriff’s Office have also provided assistance.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suzette A. Smikle and Dash A. Cooper are prosecuting the case.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendants’ guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
Roderick L. Wyatt, 61, of Stone Mountain, has been charged with accepting bribe payments in exchange for approving the enrollment of almost 20 students to a local college, through a federal workforce program in DeKalb County. The federal indictment alleges that Wyatt agreed to accept payments from the college president for each student sent to the college through WorkSource DeKalb, a federally funded program.
“Wyatt allegedly sold his supervisory position with WorkSource DeKalb for cash. In doing so, he allegedly accepted a “bounty” for each student sent to a specific college,” said U. S. Attorney John A. Horn.
“An important mission of the Office of Inspector General is to investigate allegations of fraud relating to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act grants issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate these types of allegations,” said Rafiq Ahmad, Special Agent in Charge, Atlanta Region, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General.
According to United States Attorney Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court: the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a federal public law designed to improve and modernize America’s workforce development system by providing dislocated and low-income individuals with the skills and education needed to obtain employment and by providing employers with trained and qualified workers to fill employment vacancies.
WorkSource DeKalb (formerly DeKalb Workforce Development) was a DeKalb County department funded exclusively by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. WorkSource DeKalb (“WSD”) served the unemployed and underemployed citizens of DeKalb County by providing work readiness programs, services, and activities necessary to obtain sustainable wages. Using federal funds, WSD paid the cost for unemployed and underemployed individuals to attend pre-screened schools or programs where the individuals gained the technical or vocational skills needed to obtain employment in fields such as nursing, truck driving, or welding. After reviewing the unemployed individuals’ career aspirations and educational interests, WSD staff members recommended the individuals to particular pre-screened schools or programs.
From 2013 to April 2017, Wyatt served as a WSD Employment and Training Supervisor. As a supervisor, Wyatt reviewed and approved the school/program recommendations made by WSD staff members.
In 2014, the president and founder of a pre-screened school that offered its students nursing assistant and medical technician certifications approached Wyatt and offered to pay him for each individual that WSD referred to the College. In 2014 and 2015, Wyatt approved the enrollment of approximately 19 students to the College. The College’s president paid Wyatt $100 for each student approved to attend his school. In total, the College received approximately $82,000 in federal funds under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The name of the college has not been identified in the Information or any of the court pleadings.
This case is being investigated by the Department of Labor – Office of the Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey W. Davis and Special Assistant United States Attorney Tyler Man prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.
State Representative Vernon Jones (D-Lithonia) today announced that he will introduce legislation that would create a state commission on historic monuments during the 2018 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly.
“The recent events in Charlottesville, Va., have spurred on calls for the removal of historical monuments and artifacts that honor a dark era in Georgia’s history,” said Jones. “While I have my personal beliefs on the matter, I propose that a bipartisan, systematic and transparent study be conducted in an effort to arrive at an inclusive solution.”
Should this legislation pass and be enacted, this commission would hold statewide hearings to discuss historic monuments and artifacts, and would make recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly regarding monument placement and the possibility of adding new monuments that hold historic value to the citizens of Georgia.
“Hysteria and knee jerk reactions are not the solution. Sensitive subjects such as this deserve calm, practical and open dialogue. A house divided cannot stand, and Georgians must show the nation that we can unite for the greater good,” added Jones.
Commission members would reflect and represent a broad spectrum of interest on the subject, and would include, but not be limited to, preservationists, historians and advocacy groups.
Jones represents the citizens of District 91, which includes portions of DeKalb and Rockdale counties.
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Nine people were arrested Saturday after a counter-protest at a “pro-white” rally turned physical, police said.
A group called Rock Stone Mountain scheduled what the called a “pro-white” rally at Stone Mountain park outside of Atlanta to “protest efforts to erase the white race.” According to the group’s Facebook page, the rally was expected to draw just under 500 people, but early on, only about 25 to 30 people had gathered.
All Out Atlanta, an anti-racism group, organized a counter-protest for the same time and location. Both groups had permits from the park and were sanctioned to protest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Police made provisions to keep the groups in separate sections of the park to ensure the rallies stayed peaceful, but efforts to do so quickly deteriorated.
According to John Bankhead, a spokesman with the Stone Mountain Park Police, nine All Out Atlanta protestors were arrested before noon Saturday.
Authorities say the protesters were asked to take off masks in compliance with a park ordinance. When the protesters refused to comply, they were arrested.
Bankhead said other All Out Atlanta threw rocks. Bankhead himself was struck with a rock, he said.
Authorities were continuing to keep the two rallies separate, but Bankhead said some of the All Out Atlanta protesters were trying to get through blocked areas leading to the Rock Stone Mountain rally.
On Saturday afternoon, park authorities said attractions would be closed for the remainder of the day, but the main park entrance and walking trail would remain open.
Amazing! I live in Stone Mountain, and did not know anything about this before or after it happened. Only in DeKalb County!
My last post stated that there were no other cameras on the property, except the one viewing our property.
Now go back and look at the angle of the camera before, and the angle in the picture above. Now, it is pointed directly at us. Amazing, yes?
After I stated that, the camera pointed more toward our property, and another camera was added to a tree, in yet another neighbor’s property. Another property where no one lives, makes one wonder if the owner of that property knows that his property is being used to spy on us.
Also, the owner went to the property after dark the other night, and had a really big ladder on the truck. He took the ladder off, and I don’t know what tree he climbed, but I would imagine, that now, there is a third camera spying on our every move. I guess if someone, in an answer to a lawsuit, claims that you have been trespassing, they have to get evidence from somewhere, huh?
Grand jury hears more evidence in DeKalb judge case
Updated: 5:22 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015 | Posted: 4:23 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015
By Rhonda Cook – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For the second time in a week, a special prosecutor laid out evidence for a grand jury that allegedly proves DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Becker made false statements to the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
Prosecutor Parks White is asking the grand jury to return an indictment against Becker, who resigned March 1 after 14 years on the bench. In a letter announcing her planned retirement, Becker wrote that she was leaving the bench because she was getting married and moving to another county.
Becker allegedly made the false statements during an interview at a law office in Marietta, which made it a Cobb County matter.
White, the district attorney for five counties in northeast Georgia, was appointed special prosecutor when the Cobb district attorney recused his office because three of his top prosecutors were once practiced before Becker as assistant district attorneys in DeKalb.
He left the Cobb courthouse Thursday without commenting. Grand jury proceedings are secret by law.
Becker’s attorney, Brian Steel, also declined comment Thursday.
Becker is accused of making false statements when she was questioned about her sentencing of former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Crawford Lewis, which the the JQC was investigating.
Two years ago, Lewis was charged with felony racketeering and faced the possibility of up to 65 years in prison. But two weeks before his trial was scheduled to start, Lewis agreed to testify against his two co-defendants. — Pat Reid, the school district’s former chief operating officer, and Reid’s ex-husband, architect Tony Pope. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to let him plead guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of the investigation of school construction contracts and to recommend a sentence of 12 months probation.
Prosecutors and Lewis’ lawyers said Becker agreed to the deal.
Yet, when it came time to sentence Lewis, Becker ordered him jailed for 12 months. She said the deal was void because his testimony was not truthful. Becker also ordered Lewis locked up immediately and refused to consider an appeal bond until she returned the following week from an out-of-town trip to attend the Army-Navy football game.
Nine months later, the JQC started an administrative investigation into Becker. Last September, she was called to to the Marietta law office of JQC member Robert Ingram to answer questions. Becker insisted several times that Lewis never asked for a bond.
On a personal Note, on personal experience…
Personal Note: Judge Becker was the Judge that gave GA Power easement over our entire property, after we proved that GA Power had forged and falsified documentation so that they could claim to have an express grant easement. There was no Dr. Robert Wells in 1937, 1942, or ever. There had been Dr. James Wells, but he passed away before that date.
The Wells Family lived in the Brown-Wells house on Ridge Avenue, which is where the Stone Mountain Historic Society is currently located.
Remember, if you are going to lie, don’t lie about one of the most known families in an area. Also don’t lie about the people’s names in the family. The Wells Family Tree is great! When I saw it, it went back to the 1560’s in England, I believe it was, and the Wells Family came here almost on the Mayflower. A lot of History and Heritage in the Wells Family. Very well documented, and the property the Wells Family had owned, was sold and became Stone Mountain Industrial Park, on the other side of town is where their property had been.
Georgia Power must have paid Judge Becker a lot of money to find against all of our evidence. Including evidence that showed the documents were signed by a ball point pen, which did not come out until the late 60’s. May she get what she deserves!!!
On June 15, 2015 (Check the Date on the Warning, it shows June 13, 2015. The date she was at our property, was July 17, 2015) while getting a cup of coffee, at 08:37 am, I saw someone messing around our gate. I went to see who it was, it was our less than friendly Code Enforcement Officer, J. Brown, leave the Warning on the ground, she screamed at us at the top of her lungs, in front of a whole bunch of neighbors, and went huffing off.
One might wonder why she parked across the street for the visit. According to the recording at DeKalb County Code Enforcement Office, they open at 08:30 am. She was at our house at 08:37 am, and it takes 20-30 minutes to get there from here.
mail from J Brown
The Warning was also mailed to us, from Austell, GA, not Decatur. Notice the date on the postmark, July 17, 2015, the same day she visited us.
The Gate and Fence code enforcement claims we need permits for, has been in place for 20 (twenty) years. We are not on County sewer. Our septic system is in tip top shape.
Looks like a fraudulent claim to me. Makes me wonder who she is friends with. It also makes me wonder why someone would make such a fictional claim against us.
DeKalb County Georgia Probate Court
Marriage License, Weapons Carry License, General Information, Wills & Administrations /
Year’s Support, Guardianships/Conservator, Minor Guardianships /Non-Standard Forms, Standard Forms, Probate Information Clinic, Attorney’s/Client
Photo – DeKalb County Courthouse Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh was elected in 2004 and has served as Judge of the Probate Court of DeKalb County since January of 2005. Formerly she served the Probate Court in various capacities since 1985, including Associate Judge, and Acting Judge. She is responsible for appointing and supervising personal representatives of estates who administer the assets of deceased residents of DeKalb County. Additionally, Judge Rosh’s duties include the appointment of guardians for both adults and children, and the issuance of marriage licenses and firearms licenses. Judge Rosh also hears all bench or jury trials concerning estates, guardianships, and mental health.
After copying in 6 pages, I got tired of copying the pages, but if you have been involved in any probate matters, no difference what state you are in, you will know what I am getting at. I have heard numerous stories about the County Court appointed Admiistrators and Guardians. And yes, had to endure the horrors of such. The incident that we were involved with, ended in the death of an elderly, beloved aunt, may her soul rest in peace…
Had I as much sense as I do now, I would have copied each and every page of the Guardian appointed by Rosh, as he had many, many, many pages just like Mary Margaret Oliver has, but alas, I trusted that the cases would not disappear after I had begun looking at the obvious illegal acts that went on in the court, by the court, and through the court and the appointees.
If you are involved in any kind of proceedings in the Probate Court of any state and county, do yourself a favor and copy everything you can, when there is a court appointed entity involved in the proceedings, and gather every bit of information you can get your hands on, it might just save a life!
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Appeal Superior Oliver Vs Campbell (Lda) 18-JUN-2010 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV13073 Superior General Civil Superior In Re Andrea Kaufman Lennon (Lb) 15-DEC-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV8546 Superior General Civil Superior In Re Jane Fort Thomasson (Dcp) 23-AUG-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV8546 Superior General Civil Superior In Re Jane Fort Thomasson (Dcp) 23-AUG-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV8546 Superior General Civil Superior In Re Jane Fort Thomasson (Dcp) 23-AUG-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV9860 Superior General Civil Superior In Re Andrew Fort Thomasson (Cpr) 11-OCT-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 11D78326A State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Susan Black 06-MAR-2011 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 11CV7029 Superior General Civil Superior Hudson Vs Bank Of America (Sh) 28-JUN-2011 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV5744 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Rakestraw Vss Rakestraw (Cpr) 25-MAY-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET DEFENDANT 01M81626 Magistrate Civil Suits Magistrate Maureen Grant Vs Mary Margeret Oliver & Atlanta Ca 11-JUN-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 02A92410 State Civil Suits State Mary M Oliver Vs Amos Johnson 24-MAY-2002 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET DEFENDANT 02CV9022 Superior General Civil Superior Mc Laughlin Vs Sams (Ndw) 29-AUG-2002 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 12D38064 Magistrate Dispossessory Magistrate Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Michael Glover 08-NOV-2012 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET ADMINISTRATOR 13A46865 State Civil Suits State Grady Junior Cospy Vs Habib B Ariori 12-APR-2013 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET DEFENDANT 03CV9261 Superior General Civil Superior Brown Vs Oliver (Slc) 15-SEP-2003 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET DEFENDANT 03CV11147 Superior General Civil Superior Prater Vs Oliver (Bws) 14-NOV-2003 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET DEFENDANT 03CV12002 Superior General Civil Superior Wells Fargo Vs Kearse (Ndw) 11-DEC-2003 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 04CV10636 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Carter (Sh) 01-OCT-2004 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 04CV10934 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Sims-Johnson (Mw) 11-OCT-2004 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 98CV8072 Superior General Civil Superior Betty A Wilson Appraisal Service Vs Oliver 03-AUG-1998 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99CV4153 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Spikes (Tj) 29-MAR-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99CV6113 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Lennon Vs Lennon (Sg) 20-MAY-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99CV6828 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Oakley Vs Oakley (Jlw) 09-JUN-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99D60615 State Dispossessory State Gooden S Russell 18-FEB-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99D63052 State Dispossessory State Oliver Vs Howard 25-MAR-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 96CV12092 Superior General Civil Superior Aetna Life Insurance Co Vs Woods 05-NOV-1996 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 96CV4854 Superior General Civil Superior Eley Vs Scott (Jh) 19-APR-1996 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 96CV6829 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Lewis Vs Mertz (Jh) 19-JUN-1996 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 96CV7873 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Iwatani Vs Weinroth (Am) 19-JUL-1996 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 96CV9930 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Morrison Vs Morrison (Ih) 30-AUG-1996 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 97CV5388 Superior General Civil Superior Sun Life Assurance Co Vs Woods (Rd) 17-APR-1997 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 97CV5388 Superior General Civil Superior Sun Life Assurance Co Vs Woods (Rd) 17-APR-1997 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 97CV9930 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Ipsaro Vs Horne (Jh) 05-AUG-1997 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 94CV10161 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Mobley Vs Mobley (Dg) 01-SEP-1994 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 94CV10469 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Hall Vs Hall (Rw) 09-SEP-1994 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 94CV13488 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Mertz Vs Mertz (Jh) 05-DEC-1994 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 94CV6551 Superior General Civil Superior Crowder Vs Oliver (Rw) 25-MAY-1994 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 94CV6551 Superior General Civil Superior Crowder Vs Oliver (Rw) 25-MAY-1994 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 94CV8195 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Harron Vs Harron (Rw) 08-JUL-1994 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 95CV12253 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Harrell Vs Harrell (Rd) 18-SEP-1995 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 95CV12253 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Harrell Vs Harrell (Rd) 18-SEP-1995 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 95CV4651 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Burton Vs Summers (Jh) 24-MAR-1995 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 95CV5033 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Wingate Vs Wingate (Sn) Divorce Seminar 05-APR-1995 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 95CV7492 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Smith Vs Owens (Ds) 02-JUN-1995 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 95CV8086 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Owens Vs Owens (Ds) 14-JUN-1995 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92A67225 State Civil Suits State Professional Medical Care Vs Williamson 12-NOV-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C10085 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Paris Vs Paris 01-OCT-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C11770 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Mears Vs Mears (Al) 01-DEC-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C11964 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Merritt Vs Beck (Ab) 07-DEC-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C11964 Superior Domestic Relations Suprior Merritt Vs Beck (Ab) 07-DEC-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C1295 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Brown Vs Brown (Ds) 09-JAN-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C1295 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Brown Vs Brown (Ds) 09-JAN-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C3837 Superior General Civil Superior In Re:Susan Anderson (Ds) 23-MAR-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C3837 Superior General Civil Superior In Re:Susan Anderson (Ds) 23-MAR-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C3838 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Barnes Vs Barnes (Ds) 23-MAR-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C4315 Superior Domestic Relations Superior White Vs White (Tt) 08-APR-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C6754 Superior General Civil Superior Fidelity National Bk Vs Edward P Johnson 23-JUN-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C9671 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Kitchens Vs Kitchens (Ih) 17-SEP-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C9672 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Prime Bank (Se) 17-SEP-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV11957 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Clark Vs Clark (Ds) 14-DEC-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV1704 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Andrus Vs Andrus (Al) 26-JAN-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV1958 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Tukey Vs Tukey (Al) 02-FEB-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV2592 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Ford Vs Ford (Lc) 19-FEB-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV5658 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Boyea Vs Boyea (Ds) 21-MAY-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV6027 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Mastrianni Vs Mastrianni (Ds) 03-JUN-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV6343 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Hughes (Ih) 14-JUN-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV6343 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Hughes (Ih) 14-JUN-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV7416 Superior General Civil Superior In Re:Kate F Spier (Ds) 20-JUL-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV8447 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Garrigan Vs Beebe (Ds) 24-AUG-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV8447 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Garrigan Vs Beebe (Ds) 24-AUG-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV9602 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Berman Vs Berman (Bm) 29-SEP-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93D49540 State Dispossessory State Oliver Vs Snell 03-MAR-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93M34733 Magistrate Civil Suits Magistrate Heffner Vs Joiner 04-OCT-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C1719 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Moffitt Vs Moffitt 26-JAN-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C2292 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Young Vs Young 14-FEB-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C4011 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Sayers Vs Sayers 13-APR-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C4012 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Jackson Vs Jackson 13-APR-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C4058 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Clark Vs Clark 17-APR-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C4170 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Andrejco Vs Bentley 23-APR-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C4236 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Stephens Vs Stephens 25-APR-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C5374 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Brown Vs Brown 05-JUN-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 90C5795 Superior Domestic Relationsb Superior Garrigan Vs Beebe 21-JUN-1990 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C1338 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Gentry Vs Richardson 15-JAN-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C2085 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Balte Vs Balte (Ds) 05-FEB-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C2765 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Bryan Vs Bryan (Ds) 26-FEB-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C5047 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Sisk Vs Sisk (Ds) 01-MAY-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C7358 Superior Domestic Relations Superior James Vs Griffith (Ih) 15-JUL-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C7908 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Jackson Vs Jackson (Ih) 06-AUG-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C8829 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Welch Vs Welch (Ih) 10-SEP-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C9480 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Robinson Vs Sandman (Ds) 30-SEP-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91C9590 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Wilson Vs Wilson (Ds) 02-OCT-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 91M23538 Magistrate Civil Suits Magistrate Morse Vs Hugueley 09-AUG-1991 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 97CV11451 Superior General Civil Superior Livingston Vs Muhammed 24-SEP-1997 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99CV12117 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Goldberg Vs Lubin (Lb) 29-OCT-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99CV2835 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Harrell Vs Wegener-Harrell (Tj) 23-FEB-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99CV4732 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Buckhalt (Tj) 14-APR-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99CV6114 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Oliver Vs Oliver (Sg) 20-MAY-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93D46696 State Dispossessory State Oliver Vs Liebman 22-JAN-1993 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV4068 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Godbee Vs Godbee (Lb) 24-MAR-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET GUARDIAN AD LITEM 00CV3245 Superior General Civil Superior In Re Petition Of John W Grimes 03-MAR-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 99CV12702 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Bell Vs Bell (Lb) 15-NOV-1999 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV2969 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Young Vs Harrison (Pl) 25-FEB-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV5032 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Wenger Vs Wenger (Lb) 20-APR-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV7539 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Howard Vs Howard (Lb) 06-JUL-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV10291 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Smith Vs Smith (Lda) 29-SEP-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV1108 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Stone-Johnson Vs Johnson (Cpr) 03-JAN-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV1295 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Loeb Vs Loeb (Cpr) 11-JAN-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV2038 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Latham Vs Latham (Cpr) 31-JAN-2001 CLOSE OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV5241 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Moore Vs Moore (Ymh) 27-APR-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV5299 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Maberly Vs Maberly (Cpr)14-MAY-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV7049 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Harper Vs Jenkins (Cpr) 09-JUL-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV7049 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Harper Vs Jenkins (Cpr) 09-JUL-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV3760 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Sczubelek Vs Provin (Cpr) 26-MAR-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV5672 Superior Domestic Relation Superior Glazener Vs Glazener (Cpr) 24-MAY-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 02D58235 State Dispossessory State Frances Pruitt Vs Willie Carson 21-FEB-2002 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV10975 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Miller Vs Miller (Lb) 19-OCT-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 96CV3248 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Luckey Vs Luckey (Ih) 04-MAR-199 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 95A13158 State Civil Suits State Fds National Bank Vs Irby 16-AUG-1995 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 95D43242 State Dispossessory State Smith Vs Ray 07-NOV-1995 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C10084 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Stamey Vs Stamey (Al) 01-OCT-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 92C4786 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Fagan Vs Fagan (Ih) 23-APR-1992 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV5952 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Bikas Vs Head (Ds) 01-JUN-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93CV7416 Superior General Civil Superior In Re:Kate F Spier (Ds) 20-JUL-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 93A69808 State Civil Suits State Cornish Electrical Vs V E King Constr 19-FEB-1993 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 02A92410 State Civil Suits State Mary M Oliver Vs Amos Johnson 24-MAY-2002 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 02CV6400 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Calculovic Vs Calculovic (Cpr) 13-JUN-2002 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 02CV7526 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Hudson Vs Hudson (Cpr) 12-JUL-2002 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 02CV8070 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Dunaway Vs Dunaway (Ndw) 29-JUL-2002 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 02CV9953 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Florence Vs Florence (Gv) 27-SEP-2002 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 02CV10749 Superior General Civil Superior Pruitt Vs Kemp (Gv) 22-OCT-2002 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 03D91202 State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Donna Jackson 10-FEB-2003 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 01CV5487 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Oliverio Vs Kirshbaum (Cpr) 21-MAY-2001 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00CV12491 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Adem Vs Adem (Cpr) 01-DEC-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 03CV7895 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Mcwaters Vs Mcwaters (Ib) 04-AUG-2003 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 03CV8990 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Wilson Vs Wilson (Lb) 05-SEP-2003 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 03D18153 State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Joel Phipps 24-OCT-2003 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 04CV1145 Superior General Civil Superior In Re Estate Of W S Stuckey, Sr (Gd) 05-JAN-2004 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 03CV12002 Superior General Civil Superior Wells Fargo Vs Kearse (Ndw) 11-DEC-2003 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 03CV12002 Superior General Civil Superior Wells Fargo Vs Kearse (Ndw) 11-DEC-2003 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 04CV10737 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Zabrucky Vs Moore (Kg) 05-OCT-2004 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 04CV12834 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Watts Vs Watts (Kg) 07-DEC-2004 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 05D64905 State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Sabrina Johnson 02-MAR-2005 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 05A35938 State Civil Suits State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Peter Copeland 05-JUL-2005 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 06CV2112 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Wilkins Vs Wilkins (My) 01-FEB-2006 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 06D08518 State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Lester Burney 15-JUN-2006 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 06D08519 State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs David Haynes 15-JUN-2006 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 06D08520 State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Frank Haynes 15-JUN-2006 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 06M33350 Magistrate Civil Suits Magistrate Mary Margaret Oilver Vs Lester & Carmen Burney 18-SEP-2006 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 06M33351 Magistrate Civil Suits Magistrate Mary Margaret Oliver Vs David Haynes 18-SEP-2006 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 06M33352 Magistrate Civil Suits Magistrate Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Frank Haynes 18-SEP-2006 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 06CV9692 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Yates Vs Yates (My) 15-AUG-2006 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 06CV13358 Superior General Civil Superior Wheeler Vs Oliver (My) 17-NOV-2006 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 07A60831 State Civil Suits State Jasper Williams, Jr Vs Mary Margaret Oliver 12-JAN-2007 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 07CV4154 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs 4708 Old Highgate (Mc) 11-APR-2007 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 06A57397 State Civil Suits State Phoenix Recovery Vs Mildred L Haynes 22-NOV-200 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 07CV5058 Superior General Civil Superior Allen Vs Pugh (Dip) 09-MAY-2007 CLOSE OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 06CV7879 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Gild Vs Gild (Tsd) 05-JUL-2006 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 07CV8037 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Suntrust Mortgage, Inc. (Ws) 31-JUL-2007 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 07D57072 State Dispossessory State Mary Magaret Oliver Vs Michael Glover 11-OCT-2007 OPEN OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 07A65120 State Civil Suits State George E Friedlander Vs Mary Margaret Oliver 02-APR-2007 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 00A73630 State Civil Suits State Greg Kemp Vs Willie Carson And Frances Pruitt 22-NOV-2000 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 08CV2886 Superior General CivilSuperior Allen Vs Pugh (Dmg) 26-FEB-2008 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET PLAINTIFF 08D01446 State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Michael Glover 21-NOV-2008 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 08D01446 State Dispossessory State Mary Margaret Oliver Vs Michael Glover 21-NOV-2008 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 08CV12911 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Stonegate Estates (Ws) 24-NOV-2008 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 08CV12911 Superior General Civil Superior Oliver Vs Stonegate Estates (Ws) 24-NOV-2008 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 09CV2603 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Saibu Vs Saibu (Ws) 20-FEB-2009 CLOSED OLIVER MARY MARGARET ATTORNEY 09CV5041 Superior Domestic Relations Superior Larson Vs Uehara (Tas) 21-APR-2009 CLOSED Page No : 6
Posted: 6:01 p.m. Friday, April 24, 2015
Ch. 2 Investigation reveals possible kickback to DeKalb officials
By Jodie Fleischer
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County’s Interim CEO Lee May is calling for an investigation into a $4,000 check with his name on it, saying he didn’t endorse it, or receive the money from it when it was cashed.
A Chanel 2 Action News – Atlanta Journal Constitution investigation uncovered the check while looking into work done at May’s home which was paid for by DeKalb taxpayers. The vendor who did the work went on to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in DeKalb contracts.
“Absolutely, I plan on having a conversation to figure out what the hell was done, excuse my French,” May told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer.
“Morris [Williams] contacted me and said, ‘Doug, Lee’s having some financial trouble, is there any way you can help him out?'” Cotter recounted.
May was a DeKalb commissioner at the time, and had just filed bankruptcy.
Cotter got the check from a water removal and restoration company that had just completed work at May’s home in January.
“It could have been a reimbursement check. Yes, but it wasn’t my signature on it and I’m not sure how the check got out there,” said John Meyer, who used to own that company, Water Removal Services.
Cotter says it couldn’t be a reimbursement, because the county directly paid for the work at May’s house, roughly $6,500. But the $4,000 check was made out to Lee May, personally, six days later.
Cotter says he delivered it to Morris Williams because he was close friends with him and saw him more often than he saw May, since Williams was the commissioners’ chief of staff he worked at the Decatur office full time.
Within a few days, Cotter says he heard from Morris Williams again.
“Morris asked me, ‘Doug, is there any way you can cash this for Lee?’ said Cotter, “I said sure, I know both of them.”
Cotter’s family owns a liquor store with a check cashing business inside, and he admits he’s the one who turned that check into $4,000 cash.
“I handed that money to Morris Williams and that was the last time I saw it,” said Cotter, “I was hoping it was going to the intended use , to help Lee [May] and his family.”
“I’m answering this very clearly,” said May, “That is not a check that was cut to me. I’ve never received $1 let alone $4000.”
The contract connection
Records show two weeks after that check cleared, bidding opened on a new county contract for water removal. Cotter submitted a bid for the same company that had done the work at May’s home, Water Removal Services, and won the contract.
“I never wanted to participate down there to begin with, that’s why we never took that contract,” said Meyer, the company’s former owner, “We just kind of backed out.”
But Meyer says Cotter still wanted the contract badly.
In fact, three days before Cotter placed the Water Removal Services bid, he reserved the name for his own new company. Haw Creek Restoration went on to make more than $300,000 in DeKalb work.
“If it’s a situation where a brand new company is getting work and they didn’t compete after it, absolutely not, that should not occur,” said May.
But it did occur. May has asked DeKalb County’s new purchasing director to investigate why it was allowed.
Fleischer asked Cotter if the $4,000 had anything to do with his bid to win that contract.
“No!” Cotter replied, “No. Lee had nothing to do with the bidding process.”
Lee May says he also had nothing to do with that check.
“It is absolutely not my signature,” said May, adding that he didn’t even know the check existed.
Fleischer pulled samples of Lee May’s signature from official county records, as well as samples of Morris Williams’ handwriting, since Cotter says when he got the check back from Williams it was already endorsed with May’s name on the back.
The “M” in May appears to resemble the “M” in Morris Williams’ regular signature.
After 17 years with the county, Williams abruptly retired last month, just as the FBI began investigating all of this. Williams had since been promoted to the position of deputy chief operating officer.
Morris Williams declined our request for an on-camera interview. By phone, he would only say Cotter’s version of events “did not happen that way.” Williams said he did not receive “that amount of money” from Cotter, but he refused to comment when Fleischer asked whether he ever gave May any money.
May has been particularly vocal in his efforts to root out DeKalb corruption since he’s taken over as interim CEO. He forwarded all of the records Channel 2 requested and a copy of the $4,000 check to the GBI, FBI, the district attorney and local law enforcement to prove he’s serious about getting to the bottom of it.
“For someone to benefit off my name, that’s inappropriate, that’s illegal and they need to be dealt with,” said May.
Updated: 8:43 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Posted: 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015
DeKalb CEO launches investigation into own county
By Richard Belcher and Jodie Fleischer
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — The man heading up DeKalb County has ordered a comprehensive review of operations in his county in search of corruption.
Interim CEO Lee May announced Wednesday that he’s launching an investigation and he wants all 6,000 employees to cooperate.
The investigation will employ two of the people who spent 10 months digging into the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde will have unfettered authority to look at whatever they want.
Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May’s announcement comes on the heels of a year-long Channel 2 Action News and Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation exposing misspending, corruption and theft within DeKalb County government.
Our reporting led the district attorney’s investigators and the FBI to file records requests to obtain many of the same records we did; it has already led to guilty pleas, ongoing criminal investigations and more than $25,000 repaid to DeKalb taxpayers.
Last April, May rewrote the county’s purchasing card policy after our investigation caught then-Commissioner Elaine Boyer spending taxpayer dollars on airline tickets, family vacations and other personal expenses. She resigned, and pleaded guilty to federal charges after we uncovered her scheme to pay a man who didn’t do any work but billed more than $80,000 and then funneled much of it back to Boyer’s personal bank account.
“To the people of DeKalb, I’m just deeply, deeply sorry,” Boyer told investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer.
Last June, we exposed Commissioner Stan Watson’s use of taxpayer money to pay for his personal cellphone, even though he also had a county-issued phone. He agreed to pay back about $5,000. Watson said at the time he believed it was permissible, but agreed to stop because Channel 2 was asking about it.
He has not repaid roughly $1,800 in taxpayer money spent to operate his campaign website, exposed after an investigation in September.
Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton and her aide failed to provide receipts for more than $45,000 spent with county debit cards. Sutton said she didn’t know she was required to keep receipts. She said she didn’t know she used taxpayer dollars to pay a $130 speeding ticket she got while driving a rental car at an out-of-town conference. She also paid more than $30,000 to her boyfriend, as a consultant.
“Every dime I’ve spent has been spent for the public interest,” Barnes Sutton said.
Just last month we exposed questions about a phony ethics opinion that allowed DeKalb Development Authority Chairman Vaughn Irons to win a million-dollar contract for his personal development company, APD Solutions.
Watson voted on that contract, even though he was on Irons’ payroll at the time.
“I apologize to the citizens if I did that, I didn’t know I did that,” Watson told Fleischer.
In mid-February, former DeKalb zoning official Jerry Clark pleaded guilty to taking a bribe from a nightclub owner who wanted a special land use permit. That vote was the subject of a Channel 2 Action News investigation in 2012.
Former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is facing a 14-count indictment accusing him of shaking down vendors for campaign contributions and manipulating contracts, among other things. His first trial ended in a hung jury; the retrial is scheduled for later this year.
During the original Ellis trial, state’s witness and unindicted co-conspirator Kelvin Walton, the former DeKalb purchasing director, admitted vendors gave him cash to help a secretary out of financial trouble. That secretary also sat on numerous selection committees to award contracts.
Ex-DeKalb Co. official Boyer sentenced to prison for embezzling county money
Mar 23, 2015, 5:30am EDT
Morning Edition Editor-
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer is sentenced to serve one year and two months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation for embezzling county money and misusing her government credit card. Boyer must also pay restitution of $87,350.
On Sept. 3, 2014, Boyer, 58, of Stone Mountain, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. On Feb, 20, 2015, Boyer’s husband, John Boyer, 62, of Stone Mountain, Ga., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit mail fraud. John Boyer is scheduled to be sentenced on May 6.
“Elaine Boyer helped herself to over $75,000 in taxpayer funds which were intended to benefit and improve DeKalb County,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John A. Horn following Boyer’s sentencing on Friday. “Instead, she used the money for things like her personal travel and for purchases at high-end department stores. The citizens of DeKalb County deserve to be represented by honest elected officials who put the interests of the public first.”
Ex-DeKalb Co. Commissioner Boyer’s husband pleads guilty to fraud
Ex-DeKalb Commissioner Boyer pleads guilty (VIDEO)
According to Horn, the charges, and other information presented in court:
In 1992, Elaine Boyer began serving as the Commissioner of District 1, which served citizens in north DeKalb County, including in Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Tucker, and Smoke Rise, Georgia. Among other responsibilities, Ms. Boyer sat on the BOC’s Finance, Budget, and Audit Committee and was the Chairwoman of the Employee Relations and Community Services Committee. Although Boyer’s term of office did not expire until 2016, she resigned on Aug. 25, 2014, the day before she was charged in this case.
In September 2009, as the Commissioner of District 1, Ms. Boyer retained an individual (“Advisor”) supposedly to assist her with government consulting and advisory duties on issues that affected her constituents. From September 2009 to November 2011, false invoices were submitted to Ms. Boyer’s office for consulting services purportedly rendered by the Advisor.
In fact, the Advisor performed no services for Ms. Boyer, District 1 constituents, or DeKalb County. Ms. Boyer used the false invoices as a basis to authorize payments to the Advisor. Based on requisition requests from Ms. Boyer, DeKalb County issued approximately 35 checks to the Advisor for consulting services that were never performed. In total, DeKalb County paid the Advisor approximately $80,000, believing that legitimate services had been performed for the county.
After being paid by DeKalb County, the Advisor funneled approximately 75 percent of the money received from DeKalb County into Ms. Boyer’s personal bank account. Between September 2009 and November 2011, the Advisor deposited approximately $60,000 in DeKalb County funds into Ms. Boyer’s personal bank account (while retaining the remainder of the money). In turn, Ms. Boyer used the money deposited into her account to pay personal expenses, including purchases at hotels and high-end department stores.
Additionally, in her capacity as a Commissioner, DeKalb County issued Ms. Boyer a Visa Purchasing Card (“P-Card”) to make county-related purchases. On Jan. 14, 2010, she signed a Cardholder Users’ Agreement stating she would not use the P-Card to make personal purchases.
From October 2010 to February 2014, Ms. Boyer made more than 50 personal purchases on her P-Card, including purchasing airline tickets and hotel rooms for herself and her family for personal travel. In total, she made over $15,000 worth of purchases on her P-Card for personal goods and services.
Fugitive Arrested in Decatur
The man is now facing a litany of drug and other charges; traffic and college classes were temporarily interrupted due to the arrest.
By Justin Ove (Patch Staff)
March 20, 2015 at 3:01am
DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies were able to track down and arrest a fugitive who was wanted on over a dozen criminal charges in a joint operation on Thursday afternoon.
Randall Washington was taken into custody without incident in the vicinity of Memorial Drive at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office statement said. Sheriff’s deputies were joined in the operation by DeKalb police, U.S. Marshals, and Georgia Perimeter College police.
According to the sheriff’s office, Washington was wanted on a failure to appear warrant for charges of possession of cocaine to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and obstruction of an officer; felony aggravated assault and felony criminal damage/first degree; along with two counts of family violence battery, criminal trespass damage, and simple battery harm.
In order to minimize the danger to the public, traffic within a several block vicinity of Memorial Drive was intentionally slowed, the sheriff’s office said. Georgia Perimeter College also instituted a temporary lockdown while the operation was ongoing.
Former DeKalb zoning official pleads guilty to bribery charge
Ken Watts | 2/27/2015, 1:36 p.m.
Jeremy Clark, a former member of the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19 to a …
Jeremy Clark, a former member of the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19 to a federal charge of accepting a $3,500 bribe. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
Jeremy Clark, a former member of the DeKalb County Zoning Board of Appeals, pleaded guilty on Feb. 19 to a federal charge of accepting a $3,500 bribe in exchange for his zoning vote in favor of letting a nightclub operate later hours.
A U.S. grand jury in Atlanta indicted Clark on Feb. 10 on one count of “converting to personal use property of another,” U.S. District Court records show.
Clark, who served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for four years, entered his guilty plea at a hearing in U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May’s court in downtown Atlanta. He will be sentenced on April 30.
Clark is facing up to 20 years in prison.
His attorney, Gary Spencer, said he’s hoping for a sentence significantly less than that because of Clark’s cooperation with prosecutors.
Clark, who left the Zoning Board of Appeals in 2013, admitted meeting with the owner of a Tucker nightclub before a zoning vote in November 2012.
Federal prosecutors have not named the club owner.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Davis said at the hearing that the club was trying to provide late-night dancing without obtaining a special permit.
In November 2008, the Board of Commissioners passed a zoning ordinance that regulated the placement and operation of late-night establishments and nightclubs.
As a general matter, the ordinance mandated that new businesses must obtain a Special Land Use Permit if they wanted to operate either as a late-night establishment or as a nightclub.
Davis said that Clark and the club owner had an agreement that Clark “would be rewarded” if the Zoning Board of Appeals granted permission for the later hours.
The board approved the club’s request and Clark was paid $2,000 in cash and received a $1,500 donation to a charity with which he was involved.
Clark must repay the $3,500 as a federal fine, according to the terms of his plea agreement.
Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn said it took only $3,500 to subvert the purpose of the DeKalb zoning ordinance that was to regulate the operation of late-night nightclubs.
“This case demonstrates how a corrupt public official can sell out the legitimate interests of the communities and citizens he serves, solely for his own profit,” Horn said. “DeKalb County citizens deserved better.”
DeKalb interim CEO Lee May appointed Clark in 2009 while he was District 5 commissioner.
In a Feb. 13 statement, May said he was deeply disturbed and saddened about the allegations and that Clark no longer has any association whatsoever with DeKalb County.
“Situations such as this are what compelled me to give the DeKalb Board of Ethics the resources and tools to serve the residents of DeKalb County, and why I signed an executive order in June 2014 to define ethics rules for county employees,” he said.
One would wonder what the hold up in sentencing is. Like this woman didn’t know what she was doing was illegal?
Elaine Boyer’s sentencing rescheduled again
12:03 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015 | Filed in: Local News
Elaine Boyer’s sentencing has been rescheduled again, this time to March 20, according to Bob Page, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta.
The former DeKalb County commissioner faces about one to two years in federal prison for admittedly funneling more than $78,000 to an evangelist posing as a legislative consultant, with him kicking about $58,000 of it back to her. She also admitted running up more than $15,000 in personal purchases on her county Visa card.
Her sentencing was first set for December, then later for earlier this month. The delay could stem from the time federal prosecutors need to establish if Boyer has provided “substantial assistance” in exchange for their recommendation of a lighter sentence, a condition of her plea agreement.
4:25 p.m. — An Austell company stopped getting calls to service county-owned generators soon after telling suspended DeKalb Chief Operating Officer Burrell Ellis the business would not contribute to his 2012 re-election campaign, a witness testified Tuesday.
Eneida Robles, who at the time worked for Power and Energy Services, had taken three calls in 2012 from Ellis trying to reach one of the business’ owners to ask for money for his re-election race.
Robles said she told him each time “we could not contribute to his campaign” and he became angry. She testified that Ellis said he would contact the county’s purchasing office the company did not want to service DeKalb.
Soon the calls to service DeKalb County generators stopped, Robles testified.
“They told us we couldn’t service DeKalb County until further notice,” Robles said. “I knew our service people were not going out to any annuals (yearly inspections).” Court is in recess until Wednesday morning.
3:50 p.m. — A former employee of an Austell company described in court the tense conversation she had with suspended DeKalb County Chief Operating Officer Burrell Ellis when she told him the business would not contribute to his 2012 re-election campaign.
The contract Power and Energy Services had with DeKalb County to service generators was relatively new and she feared she would lose her job at the small business after Ellis threatened to withhold business.
Eneida Robles testified that she took three calls from Ellis, asking to speak with one of the company owners. Each time she told Ellis co-owner Brandon Cummings was out of the office on a service call, as were her instructions. She had been told calls from Ellis should be treated as a solicitation.
When the third call from Ellis came a few days after the first two, Robles said she checked with her boss before giving Ellis a response to his request to speak to Cummings about a campaign contribution.
“When I got back on the phone, I told him that at this time we were not interested in his services, in providing campaign funds, that we could not contribute to his campaign,” she testified. “He was pretty angry with the fact that he couldn’t get Brandon on the phone. He told me ‘if you don’t want to service DeKalb County then I will contact the purchasing manager over there.’ When I said again we could not contribute, he got more angry. The tone was not a good tone.”
Minutes later, a call came from the head of DeKalb’s purchasing office, Kelvin Walton, she testified.
“I was pretty much worried about my job because I thought I had cost them the contract,” Robles testified.
2:38 p.m. — The first three witnesses called in the trial of suspended DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis offered jurors a quick tutorial on government operations and campaign finance reporting but their testimony didn’t get t o the heart of the corruption case.
A member of the special purpose grand jury that discovered the alleged corruption testified that the 23 members of the panel were assembled first to look at the Department of Watershed Management but their charge was they could examine other county agencies.
Jimmy Davis,the first witness in the trial that could last six weeks, mostly read from the court order that created the 23-person special grand jury, which completed its work in January 2013, and he responded to questions such as how often the grand jury met.
Davis was quickly followed by the head of DeKalb’s elections and voter registration office and then an investigator with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, also known at the State Ethics Commission, both to take about the mechanics and requirements of campaign reporting.
None of the three — Davis, Maxine Daniels with the county Office of Voter Registration and Elections and Ethics Commissioner investigator Bethany Whetzel — were asked about the charges of extortion, criminal attempt to commit extortion, bribery and perjury, against Ellis.
Daniels testified the outcome of elections in 2008 and 2012 when Ellis won the vote for DeKalb CEO.
Whetzel explained information contained on Ellis’ campaign disclosure reports.
12:07 p.m. — There will be no evidence any vendor lost a contract because they didn’t contribute to the 2012 re-election campaign of suspended DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, one of his defense attorneys said in opening statements in just-started corruption trial.
Defense attorney Dwight Thomas said Ellis didn’t have the authority to revoke contracts of more than $50,000 and once jurors hear secretly recorded conversations in their entirely — rather than just the snippet prosecutors played in their opening statement — they will understand that Ellis was not threatening anyone.
He was angry, however, that some vendors did not return his phone calls, Thomas said.
“He (Ellis) will say they don’t have to give (to his campaign) but they can’t be not returning phone calls.,” Thomas said. “They have to show respect for the office.”
11:35 a.m. — One of the attorneys defending suspended CEO Burrell Ellis told jurors they will see he did nothing to personally enrich his bank account or that he took kickbacks from vendors with DeKalb County contracts.
Defense attorney Dwight Thomas said the vendor records prosecutors say Ellis broke the law to get were available to any citizen, just for the asking.
“There will not be one single piece of evidence that Burrell Ellis asked for a bribe or solicited a bribe,” Thomas said. “There will be no evidence Burrell Ellis willfully lied to a special purpose grand jury….There is no evidence Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis took, stole or skimmed any political funds from any campaign.”
Thomas said Ellis at all times “acted within the power and the scope and the responsibilities” of the CEO’s office.
But assistant district attorney Lawanda Hodges, before wrapping up her 38-minute opening statement, played a brief clip from a recording of Ellis telling the county employee over contracts to cut off a vendor who refused to contribute to Ellis’ 2012 re-election campaign, or to “dry him up.”
Hodges said Ellis is guilty of theft by extortion, criminal attempt to commit extortion, bribery and perjury.
10:59 a.m. — A DeKalb County prosecutor told jurors power, punishment and perjury were at the core of the case against former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis.
Assistant District Attorney Lawanda Hodges said Ellis used his power over an appointed agency head to get a list of vendors and phone numbers to use for soliciting campaign contributions.
He also tried to use that power over vendors to raise money for his 2012 re-election effort and then he threatened to pull lucrative work from companies that didn’t pay up.
Ellis was relentless, even after vendors said “no” and even after vendors said they were no longer interested in doing business with DeKalb, Hodges said.
And when asked before a special purpose grand jury about those threats, he lied, Hodges said.
10:09 a.m. — Even before the jury was brought in for opening statements Tuesday the defense team for suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis suffered two losses.
DeKalb Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson rejected defense attorney Craig Gillen’s efforts to show prosecutors may have tampered with a witness. Through his questions Gillen focused on assistant district attorney Lawanda Hodges’ email to subpoenaed witness Nina Hall in which the prosecutor included questions and proposed answers that Hodges said came from numerous prep sessions with Hall, a one-time Ellis aide.
Then the judge said prosecutors could use some recordings of Ellis talking about contracts in their opening statement.
9:37 a.m. – Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, with his wife sitting behind him and surrounded by his attorneys, is getting his day in court.
Fifteen months after he was first indicted, opening statements in his corruption trial are to begin Tuesday with 12 black women, two black men and two white women — 12 jurors and four alternates — seated to decide if Ellis committed extortion and bribery to advance his political career.
Opening statements, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., were delayed, however, because all the jurors had not arrived at court. In the meanwhile, the judge heard from attorneys any outstanding motions.
The first issue was whether to quash a subpoena for Nina Hall, a former top aide to Ellis. Hall is expected to decline to answer questions out of concern for self-incrimination unless she is granted immunity.
Prosecutors, led by DeKalb District Attorney Robert James, say the man who once ran DeKalb government and oversaw its $1.2 billion annual budget also strong-armed county vendors into giving him campaign cash.They say they will show Ellis illegally mixed county business with his 2012 re-election campaign by threatening county contractors unless they donated.
“The evidence will not show that Ellis is simply a ‘heavy-handed campaigner,’ but will show that he is an extortionist,” wrote Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Leonora Grant in one of the hundreds documents unsealed on Tuesday.
Ellis’ defenders are expected to counter that while Ellis was aggressive in raising campaign funds — $1.5 million — he never linked support for his re-election with winning lucrative county business.
But previously sealed pre-trial rulings will limit Ellis top-tier defense team.
Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson ruled previously that Ellis can’t claim he was set up and his attorneys can’t ask witnesses if they thought an alleged victim of Ellis’ was racist. Johnson also decided that jurors can hear about vendors not included in the indictment who Ellis hit up for campaign contributions.
For complete coverage, visit MyAJC.com.
By Alexis Stevens – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A former janitorial services manager for DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center has been indicted and arraigned on charges of mail fraud and bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
Patrick Jackson, 55, of Loganville, is accused of accepting bribes while he was employed by both agencies from 2006 until 2012, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.
“Jackson is charged with abusing his official positions with DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center,” Yates said in an emailed statement. “According to the indictment, over a six-year period he accepted bribes in exchange for his helping a company attain and maintain exclusive government contracts.”
While employed by both DeKalb County and the GWCC, Jackson lived in a luxury apartment in Atlanta that was being paid for and furnished by an unnamed company, Yates’ office said. In exchange, Jackson agreed to use his position as a public official to benefit that company’s interests in its business dealings with DeKalb and GWCC, but he did not disclose to either employer that he was being provided with an apartment, according to investigators.
Jackson was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 9 and later was arraigned, Yates’ office said. A trial date has not yet been set.
Police are looking for a man who posed as a sales rep for a Georgia auto dealership and scammed thousands from people who answered a Cragslist ad.
Gwinnett Police said a man identified as Jeff Manders went to Honda Mall of Georgia near Buford, Ga., obtained the vehicle identification number and description of cars, then posted the cars for sale on Craigslist with a price lower than the dealership’s.
He allegedly convinced victims to pay a deposit and then meet him later to complete the sale. He made off with the money.
Manders lives in Barrow County, police said.
Police said a representative from the Honda dealership reported the possible Craigslist scam on Aug. 3. Several customers had come to the business, asking about two specific cars on its used car lot — a 2002 Honda Accord and 2002 Ford Ranger. The customers said they saw the cars on Craigslist.
“The dealership’s representative stated at first it wasn’t a big deal, but then they learned that some of the customers were actually being asked to place deposits on the vehicles belonging to the dealership,” police spokesman Cpl. Ed Ritter said via email. “When the listed telephone number is called, a male by the name of Jeff answers the telephone and attempts to sell the cars and obtain deposit money from the interested buyers.”
On Aug. 4 and 5, police were contacted by three victims who said they all met Manders at the Honda dealership on Aug. 2 and gave him a total of $3,600 in deposits.
Each met with the man, gave him a deposit on the car and completed a phony bill of sale, on which the name of the dealership’s sales manager was forged.
“Each of the victims was supposed to meet Jeff back at a later time to pay the rest of the money and take possession of the car; Jeff obviously never returned,” Ritter said.
Police have obtained warrants for Jeff Manders for three counts each of theft by deception and forgery. He also is wanted in DeKalb County on a U.S. Marshall’s Service warrant for probation violations.
“Attempts have been made to locate Mr. Manders at his Barrow County home, but attempts have been unsuccessful,” Ritter said.
Manders drives a dark-gray 2006 Mazda Tribute with deer antlers across the back windshield and the initials KMA in the middle. Police say he has a girlfriend in Rome, and may travel back and forth between Barrow and Floyd counties.
If you have any information on this case, contact Sgt. Conlon with the GCPD Motor Vehicle Theft Unit at 770-513-5354.
Photo: Police are looking for Jeff Manders, suspected in Craigslist scam in Gwinnett County, Ga. Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department.
Update (4:00 p.m.): The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia has released official comments on the sentencing of thirteen people involved in a scheme that saw law enforcement officers in the Atlanta provide protection for drug gangs and drug cartels.
“This case sent shock waves through Georgia law enforcement offices, both local and federal,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Certainly, these departments are filled with dedicated officers who literally risk their lives every day to make our communities safe. But this case revealed a troubling number of officers from a variety of law enforcement agencies who betrayed their oaths to protect and serve, taking cash from the very criminals they should have been arresting.”
J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “While the sentences in this extensive law enforcement corruption matter ends the careers of those law enforcement and correctional officers involved, it can serve as an opportunity to those many other law enforcement officers and personnel to re-dedicate themselves to the oaths of office that they took when they accepted the badge. It also serves as a reminder to the public that the FBI remains responsive to such allegations of police misconduct and corruption and will investigate and present for prosecution those involved.”
“The vast majority of law enforcement officers serve the public with honor and distinction,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Ray Brown of the Atlanta ATF Field Office. “Officers like these unfortunately tarnish the badge of the committed men and women of law enforcement. These individuals will now have to face the consequences for their deplorable actions. ATF will remain on the frontline of preventing violent crime through the dynamic level of law enforcement cooperation with our partners.”
According to prosecutors, an undercover investigation of allegations that Atlanta area police were protecting a local drug gang while in uniform began in August, 2011 following a tip from a cooperating individual who was associated with that gang.
The individual then used three civilians who provided the contact information of police officers who were willing to work with the drug gang to protect their drug deals in exchange for cash payments. These fake deals were recorded with video and audio by an undercover agent. The undercover investigation revealed the following:
-DeKalb County Police Department Officer Dennis Duren accepted $8,800 in exchange for protecting what he believed were four separate cocaine transactions in the Atlanta area between October and November, 2011. Duren was in uniform and carrying a weapon while performing these protection services.
-Another DeKalb police officer, Dorian Williams accepted $18,000 in exchange for protecting what he believed were three separate cocaine transactions between January and February 2013. He also wore his uniform and carried a gun during the deals.
-Stone Mountain Police Department Officer Denoris Carter accepted $23,500 to protect five supposed cocaine transactions in the Atlanta area. During four of the deals, Carter arrived in a patrol car and watched the transactions. During the fifth deal, Carter was on foot and was carrying a firearm.
-Atlanta Police Department Officer Kelvin D. Allen accepted $10,500 in exchange for protection of three separate cocaine transactions between June and August 2012. Allen was in uniform and was carrying a weapon for two of the tree transactions he was paid to protect.
-MARTA Police Department Officer Marquez Holmes accepted $9,000 to protect four supposed cocaine transactions between August and November, 2012. During two deals, Holmes arrived on foot in uniform and armed, and patrolled the area. During the other two deals, Holmes arrived in a MARTA Police cruiser and monitored the transactions.
-Forest Park Police Sergeant Victor Middlebrook accepted $13.800 for protecting four supposed cocaine deals, while he also patrolled during two more deals. During the deals, Middlebrook was dressed in street clothes but was armed.
-Monyette McLaurin, who was formerly employed at the DeKalb County jail but presented himself as an active duty DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy, accepted $12,00 to protect two supposed cocaine transactions in January, 2013. Duing the deals, McLaurin wore a DeKalb Sheriff’s Office uniform with a badge and gun. Another former jail employee posing as a deputy, Chase Valentine, protected a drug deal on Jan. 17, 2013.
-Gregory Lee Harvey posed as DeKalb County detention officer and protected two supposed cocaine deals in December, 2012. During the deals, Harvey wore a black shirt with “SHERIFF” printed on the back.
-Federal Protection Services contractor Sharon Peters was paid $14,000 for protecting two supposed cocaine transactions. During the deals, Peters parked her car near the deal and observed the proceedings.
-Alexander B. Hill presented himself as a Clayton County Police Department officer and accepted $9,000 for protecting three supposed cocaine deals. During the deals, Hill wore plain clothes but wore a badge during the first deal he protected.
-Non-law enforcement facilitator Jerry B. Mannery, Jr., introduced Carter and Peters to the informant contact, and coordinated ten sham drug deals those officers protected. Between April 2012 and February, 2013, Mannery received $30,000 for his services.
-Non-law enforcement facilitator Elizabeth Coss introduced Holmes and Williams to the informant contact, and coordinated five sham drug deals. For her services, Coss accepted $17,000.
Mannery, the last defendant to be sentenced, will spend the next four years in prison and the following three years on supervised release. Coss was sentenced to six months in prison, six months of house arrest, and five years of supervised release.
The sentences for the officers can be read in the original article.
Original Story (7:00 a.m.): An FBI investigation into Atlanta area police officers who were allegedly protecting drug dealers for a price is coming to a close with guilty pleas in front of a United States District Judge.
Ten former law enforcement officers who served in various departments in Fulton and DeKalb counties will be spending anywhere from one to nine years on the other side of the bars inside a federal prison, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Two civilians have also been sentenced for their roles in liaising between the crooked cops and the drug outfits.
According to the FBI, an informant tipped off the bureau about the possibility that police officers were being paid by drug dealers and drug cartels to protect illegal transactions. Investigators used an informant to begin a sting operation, which lured several dirty cops. Some of the officers even wore their uniforms and drove police vehicles while working for the crooks.
The sentenced former officers are as follows:
-Dennis Duren (DeKalb County Police Department), seven year sentence
-Denoris Carter (Stone Mountain Police Department), three year sentence
-Gregory Harvey (DeKalb County Sheriff Office), nine year sentence
-Monyette McLaurin (DeKalb County jail), six year sentence
-Victor Middlebrook (Forest Park Police Department), seven year sentence
-Alexander Hill (private security officer), five year sentence
-Kelvin Allen (Atlanta Police Department), five year sentence
-Marquez Holmes (MARTA Police), five year sentence
-Sharon Peters (Federal Protective Services), three year sentence
-Chase Valentine (DeKalb County jail), 33 month sentence
Civilian Elizabeth Cross was also sentenced to a year in prison. Jerry Mannery, Jr., another civilian facilitator of the scheme, has pleaded guilty to charges related to his activity and will be sentenced on Wednesday.
Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for 45 counties in north Georgia that are expected to receive the biggest impacts from Pax.
With memories of thousands of vehicles gridlocked for hours on icy metro Atlanta highways fresh in their minds, emergency officials and elected leaders in north Georgia are preparing for Winter Storm Pax. Gov. Nathan Deal, who was criticized for his response to the Jan. 28 storm that paralyzed the metro area and left motorists stranded in vehicles overnight, said in a news release Sunday that he’s put emergency response agencies on alert and began significant preparations. The governor scheduled a news conference for noon Monday to discuss winter storm preparations. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather watch from 7 p.m. Monday through 7 p.m. Tuesday and a winter storm watch from Tuesday evening through Thursday morning for the metro Atlanta area.
Even before the first snowflakes fell, people around Atlanta were planning to work from home and stay off the roads. Jay Ali, 33, a college student, said Monday morning that he planned to mostly stay indoors. He had little confidence that government officials would handle this storm any better than the last.
“New levels of incompetence,” Ali said, describing the state and regional response to the last storm that left motorists stranded in their cars for hours, sometimes overnight. “Unforeseen levels of incompetence.”
Ali said part of the problem is that Southern cities do not have as many snow plows, sanders and spreaders as Northern cities.
“I don’t think they have the infrastructure to protect themselves if a storm gets really bad,” he said.
— Shawn Reynolds (@WCL_Shawn) February 10, 2014
I guess that is why GA Power has above ground wires…for those icy moments, and why they think nuclear reactors are the best investment for the future of the state… REMEMBER FUKISHIMA!!!
November 15, 2013
Georgia Power came with their tree butchers, while having actual knowledge that we had filed suit against Georgia Power to prevent their visit with their Asplundh tree butchers.
They did not care. They told the OFF-DUTY DeKalb County Police Officers, who refused to give their names or badge numbers to us, that they have a permit to butcher out trees. A Permit? What kind of funking bullshit is that? A Permit to kill trees. hhuummm. Our attorney was at the Courthouse all morning and afternoon attempting to get a Judge to sign a TRO/Injunction to stop the crime that happened. Apparently, did not do any good for him to spend his precious time there. I don’t know who the judge we have is, but we are most disappointed.
These assholes crossed over a granite wall and chainlink fence, in their fucking bucket, from their fucking bucket truck to come 40-50 feet onto our property and destroy our trees. A couple of weeks before they came, they put a brochure on our gate saying that they would be here in a couple of weeks. That changed, and they came within a week, cause they found out that we were attempting to stop their destruction. Anyway…The Brochure that they put out, show the wrong ways to cut a tree, ways that cutting the trees that will kill the trees. That is exactly the way they cut our trees. I will get the pix of the cutting up soon. They take 20-40 year old trees, cut them off to 6-15 feet tall and cut all the limbs off the trees. If not, they cut all the limbs off of one side to create what is known as the hurricane effect. That way, when the winds are very strong, it is like a sail, and blows over onto your house. Very dangerous.
Georgia Power claimed to have an easement, but thorough title searches reveal that is a fucking lie. Ga Power supervisor a few years ago, came out to be a smart-ass and had the original Georgia Power Railway/Electric Pole map from 1933. The map clearly shows the poles and lines crossing the street BEFORE our property. They put their pole 40 feet into my neighbors front yard when the property was rental property, and ran their lines over our property, then down to the pole on the corner. In a criminal hearing I had yanked them into a few years ago, they swore that the pole has not moved since 1941-42, that the very same pole has been there for that long. They are full of shit, and the judge was full of shit to believe them. Wooden Power line poles don’t last no fucking 60-70 years. They last 30 years, if things work out right, and 30 years makes an old pole.
The the off-duty police would not even let James walk back onto our property. He had to walk 2 houses down, jump all the fences between the properties, yes, we all have fences, and ours is 8-10 feet tall with three strands of barbed wire atop, to keep our dogs in our yard. James is 100 disabled, with mobility disabilities. What kind of fucking cops do we have nowadays?
James and I have always heavily supported our local Police Dept. I am so disappointed and pissed off, I could scream. It took me all the way until today, before I could write this, I was so mad.
It ain’t over. Not by a long shot. They would not give names or badge numbers, but we have pictures of them, and I will do a FOIA request to get the rest, and find out the lies GA Power told this time, to get body guards to accompany them. I will let yall know what I find out.
You know, I have been thinking a lot lately about why it is that the Protesters from the 60’s and early 70’s are really pissing me off nowadays. They act like a bunch of sheep or cattle. The whole country is running amock and nobody says a damned thing about it. IT SUX!
I have come to the realization that the Protesters from the 60′-70’s turned into the very thing they were protesting, except even more so. It SUX!
You would have thought that those protesters would have gone on to make a difference, and that there would not be all of this corruption that we deal with on a daily basis. The flower children, peace – love and rock & roll. What the hell happened? Those people forgot everything about why they were protesting in the first place. They forgot “let’s love one another”, forgot about “live and let live”. Hell they are worse than the people they were protesting, because they are hypocrites.
Now, they go sludging along, fuck it if everyone is being foreclosed upon, even if they paid for the property in full. Fuck it if we have WWIII because our president is a fuck up. Fuck it if Russia nukes us. Fuck it if the Japanese have ended life on earth with their meltdown problem. Fuck it if Russia’s Putin now speaks when the United States should have been speaking. Fuck it if the Christians are being slaughtered. Fuck it if there are no jobs. Fuck it if Obamacare causes all of us to be denied healthcare we are entitled to.
Fuck it, Fuck it, fuck it. THIS SUX! This is not who we are. This is not what are forefathers would have accepted. This is not how we got to where we were.
So this week, the Protesters, turned cattle, sheep and couch potatoes are what SUX!!!
Have you been thinking about the Genetically Modified Foods that they are going to trying to make us eat? I already don’t like to eat. Bah Humbug! Try to figure out what you are going to eat every day, and keep fit. They have already taken all of the nutrients out of the food, now they want to fill us up with their damned modified foods that are filled with pesticides and everything bad that you can think of.
What is wrong with this picture? They are not killing us fast enough yet?
Time to take our country back!
For weeks now, I have been hearing about World War III, then this morning who was it, Kerry goes running over to Britain trying to get backing for us to go to war. BULLSHIT! Someone needs to tie that man to a chair in the WhiteHouse and keep him there.
The Administration has already made us look like a bunch of redneck fools. The government is in bed with the terrorists, and staged the gassing of the Syrians, and now, they want to get World War III started and have Putin nuke the piss out of us. Does Obama really think that we are all as stupid as he is? Oh, by the way, Putin is the one that said stupid, not me.
Putin is KGB, and a strong leader. He has already told us what he will do if we go over and join up with the terrorists. I only wonder what Congress is going to tell Obama, and what Obama will do if congress tells him no war.
We have turned into a bunch of weak sheep. Not talking about War, but about how much Bullshit we will put up with in our country. I am truly ashamed that we don’t do shit. We allow them to take more and more of our Rights away and do nothing. They can take every right we have, they can literally piss on us, and I guess that we will just take it. All of the protesters from the 60’s grew up to be that very thing they were protesting, except worse, because they are now, also hypocrites.
The Banksters in this Country have caused the whole world’s economy to de-stabilize and we reward the crooks by giving them our houses. When are you people going to realize that the Bank With the Most Homes in the End Wins!!! Your’ house is not safe, no one’s is. The Banksters will not be happy till they have all our houses.
Deputies in DeKalb County have come under fire after a family posted video online of officers raiding their Ellenwood home.
DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown told the AJC that said he understands why his deputies were frustrated when serving a warrant last month, however they will be disciplined for their over-aggressive actions and abusive language.
Police were there to arrest the mother of the home’s children, Natania Griffin, on a civil warrant. The warrant said Griffin failed to pay a $1,000 fee. She has since paid the fee, but the family doesn’t understand why a civil fee would warrant such aggressive behavior from police.
In the video, officers can be heard hurling obscenities at the family and threatening a man that he’s “going to tase the sh*t outta you!”
WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT
9:16 am, April 20th, 2011
Former DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Linda Carter has sued the woman who now holds that title, Debra DeBerry, alleging that DeBerry tricked her into resigning from the job.
Carter sued DeBerry in her official capacity and individually, and seeks unspecified damages. Carter also sued Gov. Nathan Deal, seeking a writ of mandamus to remove DeBerry from office and to compel official recognition of Carter’s “status as the rightful elected Clerk.” The complaint alleges that Deal accepted the letter of resignation without knowing it was “null and void.”
Carter is represented by A. Lee Parks and James E. Radford Jr. of Parks, Chesin & Walbert. The suit, filed in DeKalb Superior Court, does not list counsel for DeBerry.
DeBerry’s chief deputy clerk, Rick Setser, who also serves as her public information officer, said the county attorney had advised both him and DeBerry not to comment.
“It’s unfortunate,” he said. “I’ve spoken to Ms. DeBerry, and she is eager to clear her name.”
Parks, in an earlier conversation with the Daily Report, said Carter suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and would not have left willingly, as she was two years shy of vesting in her pension and medical benefits. The complaint alleges that on the afternoon of March 24, Deputy Clerk Lisa Oakley—who is not a defendant in the suit—“acting on instructions from DeBerry” and with knowledge that “Carter was suffering from a temporary episode of dementia,” asked her to sign a letter of resignation.
“The letter was presented to Carter as a routine business document … its contents were obscured from Carter’s view. Oakley, acting on DeBerry’s instructions, did not inform Carter that she was being asked to sign a letter of resignation. … Oakley, acting on DeBerry’s instructions, and knowing that Carter did not know or understand the document’s content … indicated some urgency in having Carter sign the document.”
Oakley was not immediately available for comment.
The complaint alleges that on the evening that Carter signed her resignation letter, her husband, John Carter, came to pick her up from work and Oakley escorted her to the car. Oakley told Carter’s husband that “DeBerry had ordered that Oakley have Carter sign a letter of resignation.”
Also, allegedly on DeBerry’s instructions, Oakley said that Chief Judge Mark Anthony Scott “had ordered the Sheriff of DeKalb County, Georgia, to forcibly remove Carter from office.”
Scott said he did not even learn about Carter’s resignation until after it had been tendered and that he neither attempted to remove Carter from office nor ordered the sheriff to do so. He said he did not even have that authority. “I read those allegations. I do not know where they come from,” he said.
According to the complaint, when Carter’s husband called Setser, the chief deputy clerk, to discuss the circumstances of the resignation, Setser allegedly said he and DeBerry jointly created the letter and agreed to have Carter sign it “to avoid media inquiries into Carter’s medical condition.”
The case, Carter v. DeBerry, 11cv4584, has been assigned to DeKalb Superior Judge Daniel R. Coursey Jr.
You wanna know what really SUX?
DeKalb County, and Georgia as a whole will never “Get It” see Ga Supreme Court Ruling on the “You” case…
Glaski Decision in California Appellate Court Turns the Corner on “Getting It”
Posted on August 2, 2013 by Neil Garfield @:
On the other hand we should not assume that they have arrived nor that this decision will have pervasive effects throughout California or elsewhere in the United States or other countries.
J.P. Morgan did suffer a crushing defeat in this decision. And the borrower definitely receive the benefits of a judicial decision that will allow the borrower to sue for wrongful foreclosure including equitable and legal relief which in plain language means reversing the foreclosure and getting damages. Probably one of the most damaging conclusions by the appellate court is that an examination of whether the loan ever made it into the asset pool is proper in determining the proper party to initiate a foreclosure or to offer a credit bid at a foreclosure auction. The court said that alleged transfers into the trust after the cutoff date are void under New York State law which is the law that governs the common-law trusts created by the banks as part of the fraudulent securitization scheme.
Before you give them a standing ovation remember that it is possible for additional documentation to be created, fabricated and forged showing that despite the apparent violation of the cutoff date, the trustee has accepted the loan into the trust. This will most likely be a lie. I don’t think there is any entity acting as trustee of a trust that doesn’t know that it is under intense scrutiny and doesn’t want to be subject to liability that could amount to trillions of dollars advanced by investors with the purchase of bogus mortgage-backed bonds that were presumably managed by the trustee but in reality not managed at all because the bonds were worthless. This gave the banks the opportunity to claim that they owned the bonds and therefore had an insurable interest which gave rise to the whole problem with AIG and AMBAC and other insurers or parties who had guaranteed the bond, the loan or any loss (credit default swaps).
The fact that the loan in this case was definitely securitized is also interesting. Of course Washington Mutual was stating to everyone that it was not involved in the securitization of mortgage loans when in fact nearly all of the loans originated became subject to claims of securitization. This case explains why I never say that the loan was securitized or that the loan was in any particular trust, to wit: I don’t believe that a funded trust exists with the ability to purchase loans and therefore I don’t believe the loans are in any of the asset pools. So when people ask me how they can prove which trust their loan is actually in, I reply that they are asking the wrong question.
What is being played out here in this case and hundreds of thousands of other cases is a representation by the foreclosing entity that the trust owns the loan when in fact it never owned the loan nor could it because the money that was advanced by investors was never deposited into the trust. We have the same banks representing to regulatory authorities and insurers that it is the bank and not the trust that owns the loan even though the bank merely made the loan using money advanced by investors who believed that they were buying mortgage-backed bonds. The truth is they were merely making a deposit into an account maintained by the investment bank. The resulting transactions do not qualify for exemption as securities or insurance under the 1998 law. Nor do they qualify for REMIC treatment under the Internal Revenue Code.
In other words if you take a close look and actually follow the path of the money and the path of the paper you will find that despite the pronouncements from the Department of Justice and other agencies, this is a simple fraud case using a Ponzi model. The hallmark of a Ponzi model is that it collapses as soon as the investors stop buying the bogus securities. If the government cares to do so it can freely prosecute the individuals and companies involved without any air of exemption under the 1998 law because none of the parties followed the securitization path presumed by the 1998 law. So we are back to this, to wit: a security is a security and subject to SEC regulations and insurance is an insurance contract subject to insurance regulators, and fraud is fraud subject to recovery of restitution, compensatory damages, punitive damages, treble damages etc.
You should remember when reading this decision that the appellate court was not ruling in favor of the borrower granting the substantive relief the borrower was seeking. The appellate court merely reversed the trial court decision to dismiss the borrower’s claims. That only means that the borrower now as an opportunity to prove the elements of quiet title, wrongful foreclosure, slander of title, cancellation of instruments and relief under California’s version of unfair business practices. But the devil is in the details and proving the case requires aggressive discovery and aggressive preparation for trial. It is highly probable that the case will settle. The bank will probably be willing to pay almost any amount of money to avoid a judgment setting forth the elements of a wrongful foreclosure and how the bank violated the law.
The Bank will attempt to avoid any final order that undermines the value of loans that are subject to claims of securitization, because those loans supposedly support the value of the bogus mortgage-backed bonds sold to investors. Any such final order would also undermine the balance sheet of J.P. Morgan and any other major bank carrying the mortgage bonds as assets on their balance sheet. If those assets are diminished, then the bank is not as well funded as it has been reporting. In fact, those assets might well vanish completely from the balance sheet of those banks, causing the banks to be seized by the FDIC and broken up into smaller pieces for regional and community banks to pick up. Hence this decision represents a risk factor that could eliminate the legal fiction created by smoke and mirrors from Wall Street banks, to wit: it is not the borrowers who are deadbeats, it is the banks who are broke and whose management has run off with billions and perhaps trillions of dollars that should be in the United States economy. The absence of that money lies at the root of our unemployment and low economic activity.
This Glaski case has many of the elements that we have been discussing for years. Fabricated documents, forgeries, perjury, false affidavits and no money trail to backup the story painted by the fabricated documents. And of course it has our old friend Washington Mutual Bank And the supposed take over by Chase Bank that never actually happened.
And it involves the issue of assignments and the fact that the assignment is not the transaction itself but only a report of a transaction. If the borrower proves that the transaction reported in the assignment or other instrument of conveyance never occurred, or if the borrower is successful in shifting the burden of proof to the bank to show that it did occur, the assignment will have no value whatsoever unless the transaction is present, to wit: that someone actually purchased the loan through the payment of money or other valuable consideration that was received by a party who actually owned the loan.
Thus even if Chase Bank were able to show that it entered into a transaction in which the loans were transferred (something we can find no evidence of which the FDIC receiver says never occurred) that would only be the equivalent of a quit claim deed, to wit: whoever received the consideration for the transfer of the loans was merely conveying any interest they had even if they had no interest at all. Hence the transactions by which Washington Mutual allegedly came to be the owner of the loan must be examined in the same way as the transaction between the Washington Mutual bankruptcy estate and chase bank.
You should also take note that the decision was published with the admonition that it is “not to be published in the official reports.” this is further indication that the court is concerned about the far-reaching effects of the decision and essentially tells trial judges that they do not have to follow it. So for those who wish to point to this decision and say “game over” we are not there yet. But I do think that we passed the halfway point and we are probably in the fifth or sixth inning of a nine inning game. Translating that to time, I would estimate that it’s going to take another three or four years to clean up this mess and that it might take several decades to clean up the title corruption that was created by the banks.
I am sure that everyone is pretty much familiar with my Post, “How DeKalb County Sux”.
The Atlanta Journal & Constitution Recently Posted the following article.:
DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has been indicted by a DeKalb grand jury today on charges he illegally pressured contractors into giving him campaign contributions.
The 15-count indictment includes 14 felonies. Among them, four counts of extortion, two counts of theft by taking and several conspiracy charges.
DeKalb District Attorney Robert James, in an afternoon news conference, said Ellis is charged with extortion and other felonies for soliciting campaign contributions under threat. Ellis has turned himself into the DeKalb County Jail and has been released, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has confirmed.
The indictment, as read by James, says Ellis extorted CIBER Inc., a vendor in DeKalb, by threating a local manager. It says Ellis threatened to tell CIBER’s CEO that the local manager, Joanne Wise, delivered poor customer service if she did not agree to a campaign contribution. The indictment said Ellis acted similarly with other vendors and used DeKalb employees to draft lists of contractors doing business with DeKalb for the purpose of extorting them for campaign cash.
Ellis spoke to the media at his home late Tuesday. On the advice of his attorneys, he would not speak to the charges. But he professed his innocence.
“I do want to make one statement emphatically to the good people of DeKalb County that I’ve done nothing wrong as I’ve said from the very beginning. Done nothing wrong and I would never, ever, ever do anything to violate the public trust,” he said.
At least one of Ellis’ colleagues thought the criminal charges put the entire county in a negative light.
“This is a sad day for DeKalb County,” said Commissioner Lee May, who serves alongside Ellis. “While every person is innocent until proven guilty, this ongoing saga has been a distraction and continues to bring unwelcome negative attention to our county and our government.”
For a year, a special grand jury investigated possible corruption in the county water and sewer department contracts and eventually it led to search warrants being executed at Ellis’ home and office and at the home and of attorney Kevin Ross, the CEO’s former campaign manager.
Ross was not indicted Tuesday. None of the companies named in the search warrants on Ellis and Ross seeking campaign records were included in Tuesday’s indictment.
Special grand juror Albert Trujillo, 72, said the grand jury’s investigation led to the office of the CEO. He said he was unsure if he could discuss specifics of the investigation, but he was pleased that the special grand jury’s work was apparently a blue print for the indictment.
Trujillo, a retired as an IT consultant, said he has lived in DeKalb since 1972 and he is saddened by all the negative publicity.
Ellis’ indictment comes just months after Gov. Nathan Deal removed five DeKalb school board members for mismanagement.
“Businesses shy away from a county that’s in disrepair when they have that many problems and they smell bad with all these problems,” he said. “… Why go and put your headquarters in a county which resonates with bad press. It breaks your heart.”
But those close to Ellis still say Tuesday’s indictment doesn’t square with the man they know, who was elected to DeKalb’s top job promising reform.
“I don’t know of any forced campaign contribution that Ellis ever attempted, and I worked in all his campaigns,” said Oliver Brown, a DeKalb political operative. “I’d be shocked (if this is true).”
The criminal charge alone means Ellis can be removed from officce.
DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader said the law requires Gov. Nathan Deal to form an advisory committee headed by Attorney General Sam Olens.
If the committee recommends suspension and the governor implements it, then Commission Chairman Lee May would step in as acting CEO until Ellis either resigns or is cleared or convicted in court. “And that could go on for a long time,” said Rader, who added that Ellis hasn’t been around the administrative offices much since his home was raided by investigators in January.
Should Ellis get suspended, he’ll be the seventh elected official in DeKalb to meet that fate since March. That’s when a federal judge allowed Deal to suspend two-thirds of the county school board over an accreditation agency’s allegations about nepotism, financial mismanagement and other concerns.
Taxpayers such as Robert Richardson are disillusioned.
“Every elected official in DeKalb County seems to be a crook,” said Robertson, a retired Realtor who lives near DeKalb Peachtree Airport. He said he and a lot of his friends voted for Ellis because he looked “polished” and seemed honest. Then, Robertson read about how connected some of Ellis’ campaign supporters were.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in February that nearly 40 percent — almost $600,000 — of the campaign cash Ellis collected had come from firms that either worked, or wanted to work, for the county.
“You don’t have a chance unless you’re in the shakedown,” Robertson said. “It’s disgraceful.”
Staff Writers Rhonda Cook, Ty Tagami and Steve Visser contributed to this report.
Have you looked for ethanol-free gasoline lately?
There are a couple of sites that claim they list every gas station that has any ethanol free gas.
I checked and there was not one listed in DeKalb County anywhere.
DeKalb County and gasoline in DeKalb County Sux!
James and I live in DeKalb County, Georgia. Once upon a time, it was a hell of a place to live. The schools were good, we are not far from downtown Atlanta, if you are brave enough to go down there… and we had Underground Atlanta, the first one, not the joke they have now.
Anyway, DeKalb County, had the best of everything. Memorial Drive was really wild. Six lanes, with a middle turning lane, and businesses packed on both sides of the road for as far as you could imagine. At one point, every bar, that was a bar and did any kind of business was on Memorial Drive. Back when Uncle Tom’s was on Memorial Drive, I was not old enough to go in there at that time, but wow! The parking lot was packed on the weekends, as was every parking lot. I guess that was 40 years ago, 35 at least.
Now, the only things on Memorial Drive are Pawn Shops, liquors stores, run down motels, and DeKalb County Jail, the bigger, better jail.
All of the people that had worked so hard to make DeKalb County, the place to live, and raise your kids, would all be rolling over in their graves right about now. What a disgusting, disgraceful place. Memorial Drive sux, just like the rest of the County does.
Now that we have foreclosure hell, where the Bank With The Most Homes in the End Wins!!! All of the streets have vacant houses, some boarded up, some not. You can ride down any road, and see the homes without anyone living in them. Some streets have more vacant homes, than occupied homes. What kind of screwed up sense does any of this make?
Let’s just make the whole state look like the slums, and maybe the damned banks will quit foreclosing, cause they sure as hell won’t have anyone left that can get a loan to buy a house. Oh yea, what was it that Goldman Sachs said? Only the rich should own houses anyway. Yea, that was it. Goldman Sachs can bite me!!! And his mama!!!
When is the rest of America going to get pissed off about all this? Never? I have read article after article where everyone is waiting to see when the rest of America is going to get it, and get made as hell too. I guess never. We have become soft, and lazy, we are becoming sheep, wanting to be taken care of, and not worry about anything ourselves, is that it?
That is not who we are! That is not who we came from! We are the rebellious, what the hell would our forefathers say? They would call us a bunch of weenies, and be pissed off for all the fighting they did for us, and for what??? To let the damned banks own our asses, and steal our homes, and throw us out on the streets???
I have lived in DeKalb County, Georgia all of my life, except for seven years, I lived in Gwinnett County.
When I was growing up, DeKalb County, was the place to live. We had the best schools, the best neighborhoods, we had Memorial Drive, and hot-rods.
There had been several key people that built the County up to where it was. The worked long and hard to make DeKalb County just enough better than the other counties, ya know what I mean?
Anyway, I have become ashamed and embarrassed to be from DeKalb County.
Now all one can say about DeKalb County, is DEKALB COUNTY SUX!!!
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