Charles Bannister won reelection on August 5th but the aftershocks of the bitter campaign against Lorrain Green continue. Gwinnett DA Danny Porter took at look at Sheriff Butch Conway’s distribution of Joe Newton’s criminal history and found no law broken. George Anderson, who has filed a couple of ethics complaints against the Sheriff says Porter’s statement doesn’t end the matter:
Porter said Conway didn’t break any laws by paying for the report on Newton, but noted, “I will leave the decision about the impropriety of these actions to others.”
Anderson said he will take his complaint up with the attorney general’s office.
“I’m not at the end of this matter,” the ethics activist said, “but at the beginning.”
The sheriff said Anderson’s accusations can be traced back to Newton’s attempts to “destroy him” because he supported Green.
“These charges and complaints are frivolous,” Conway said. “… I’ve quit letting them distract me. [Anderson] can complain to whoever he wants.”
Meanwhile, ethics complaints and a Grand Jury investigation move forward. Newton asked a Grand Jury to look into a land deal he says was a rip-off. Porter has presented Newton’s information to a Grand Jury and expects the Grand Jury to decide something before it expires on September 3. In addition to Anderson’s ethics complaints against Conway, Paul Allen has filed an ethics complaint against Bannister, which is being dealt with by the Ethics Commission.
The bad feelings and political retribution from this election will be with Gwinnettians for some time I think.