This is the District Attorney of Clayton County, Jewel Scott. Ms. Scott was voted into office nearly four years ago after the foolish voters there decided they had had enough of competent, tough prosecution from District Attorney Bob Keller.
When she was elected, Jewel Scott had never in her legal career taken a single criminal case to trial. As of today, that fact remains true. Zero. Na-da. Zip.
Now, Tracy Graham-Lawson, a juvenile court judge with actual experience in prosecution, says District Attorney Jewel Scott should have to answer for the “incompetence” in her office, as the Clayton County Daily News is reporting. Ms. Graham-Lawson, who actually has tried many criminal cases in her career, is trying to replace Ms. Scott. She also wants to debate Ms. Scott who, unfortunately, has other ideas.
“There is so much wrong in that office, and someone has to say enough is enough,” Graham-Lawson said. She cited the extensive backlog of cases and two recent grand jury indictments which were thrown out of court, as examples of Scott’s alleged inexperience and reasons she shouldn’t be re-elected.
But does Jewel Scott think that a debate is a good way to directly tackle and address the concerns of the community?
“I don’t want to debate,” [Jewel Scott] said. “I’ve never debated. I’ve always just campaigned and talked to my constituents. Debates don’t mean anything. It’s working and getting things done that matters.”
This is the same woman who laughably has her husband in her office as a “Chief of Staff” (a ridiculous position if you’ve ever been in a prosecution office) and who is being sued for $1 million by a former employee. Meanwhile, she can’t seem to get indictments in high profile cases drawn properly.
Clayton County: again, it’s okay to be responsible with your vote and use it to actually improve your community. It is time to vote for a District Attorney candidate who actually has experience (gasp!) in criminal law and who knows what they are doing. Actually do some research this time around.