Gwinnett DA Danny Porter asks for new investigator for corruption charges

7
Sep

Gwinnett DA Danny Porter asks for new investigator for corruption charges

From the Gwinnett Daily Post:

Two days after a former commissioner was sentenced to federal prison, Danny Porter asked a budget review team Friday to consider the addition of an assistant chief investigator for his office.

The new employee’s primary function would involve leading investigations into public integrity, which have spiked in the last three years, when he began looking into controversial land dealings involving commissioners.

In addition to Shirley Lasseter’s guilty plea to a federal bribery charge, the investigations have lead to the indictment of former Commissioner Kevin Kenerly on a bribery charge, and former Chairman Charles Bannister resigned to avoid a perjury charge.

Porter said he has fielded dozens of complaints of corruption in county and city governments and other authorities, and he brought along a handtruck stacked with boxes to show the level of work involved in just the smallest of the public integrity cases to show the budget team, made up of Chairwoman Charlotte Nash and six residents.

“Most of (the accusations) are completely unfounded, but I have to look at every single one of them,” he said. “Just because it’s politically motivated doesn’t mean it’s not true.”

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