Balfour to return to Senate after trial | Gwinnett Daily Post

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Balfour to return to Senate after trial | Gwinnett Daily Post

With a court case behind him, Sen. Don Balfour is looking toward the Gold Dome ahead of him.

After Thursday’s not guilty verdict on charges related to false expense accounts, Balfour’s suspension was automatically lifted, clearing him to return to the General Assembly when it reconvenes in January.

“I could put my Senate badge on right now,” Balfour said at the conclusion of the trial, where he took the stand and claimed the ordeal was caused by politics. “I’m going to go sit in my Senate seat and I’m going to do what’s right for the state of Georgia and I’m going to do right for my citizenship, and that’s all I’m there for.”

The verdict also helps clear unease that could have clouded the state Senate during its session, said Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, a long-time colleague of Balfour’s in the Gwinnett legislative delegation.

“The verdict has been reached and the people have spoken – finding Sen. Don Balfour not guilty on all counts. I am thankful to have this court case behind the Senate’s future,” Unterman said. “All along, I have felt distressed for Sen. Balfour’s family as well as our caucus family. It’s a relief to be able to finally move on.”

But it remains to be seen what the political future holds for the once lofty senator, who lost his Rules Committee chairmanship amid the scandal and was stripped of all other leadership positions last month.

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