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Governor's office gets unanimous decision from Brooks panel
by Staff Reports
July 05, 2013 07:09 PM | 1711 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The Office of the Governor on June 28 received the report from the review commission appointed by the governor regarding the indictment of District 55 State Rep.Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta.

The commission unanimously determined that the indictment against Brooks does not relate to his duties as a state representative.

Brooks will continue in his official duties for the remainder of his term.

The panel’s ruling is final.

Brooks ran unopposed in the 2012 general election, winning 100 percent of more than 22,000 votes for a term ending Dec. 31, 2014. He was first elected in 1980.

The commission was comprised of House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Tucker, and Attorney General Sam Olens.

Charges filed against Brooks by the U.S. attorney’s office triggered a provision in the state constitution that requires the governor to appoint a commission consisting of the state attorney general, one state representative and one state senator.

Brooks, 67, was charged by a federal grand jury May 1 in a 30-count indictment including charges of mail, wire and tax fraud.

The indictment charged that, from the mid-1990s through 2012, Brooks solicited contributions from individuals and corporate donors to combat illiteracy and fund other charitable causes, but then used nearly $1 million in charitable donations to pay personal expenses for himself and his family.

The nonprofits he allegedly defrauded are Universal Humanities, a charity Brooks founded in 1990, and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials, on whose website he is listed as president.

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed the commission June 14 to decide whether the indictment related to and adversely affects the administration of the office of the indicted public official and whether the rights and interests of the public are adversely affected.

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