Georgia Gang Live Blog 7/11/10

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  1. Melb says:

    Teilhet’s ad would not pass the truth test:

    “I am Greg Edwards, District Attorney of Dougherty County.

    I’ve known Ken Hodges for 17 years, and I can tell you he is a man of integrity and a committed prosecutor.

    I served as co-counsel with Ken Hodges on the Kenneth Walker case.

    Ken Hodges was totally committed to investigating and bringing to justice any person or persons that may have violated the law in relation to the tragic death of Kenneth Walker.

    My heart goes out to Ms. Walker and her family. The loss of that young man’s life was inexcuseable and a tragedy.

    I am also sad and disgusted that Rob Teilhet has resorted to exploiting a grieving mother for his own selfish political gain.

    After seeing his ad featuring Ms. Walker, I must address the many factual errors in the ad.

    1. It was stated that Ken tried to hide the video.

    Here are the facts. The video was shown repeatedly to every member of the grand jury. This is a blatant falsehood. I personally presented the videotape to the civil lawyer and grand jury.

    2. It was stated that Ken refused to retry the case.

    Here are the facts. Ken Hodges has said, and it has been documented numerous times, that if any new evidence came to light that he would bring the case back before the grand jury. No such evidence ever came to light. I personally sat with Ken in Ms. Walker’s home to explain these facts to her.

    3. It was stated that the reason the grand jury did not indict was because the officer was not sworn in.

    Here are the facts: The officer gave the exact same testimony several times to law enforcement officials. His statement before the grand jury was consistent. Not swearing him had no bearing on the grand jury’s decision.

    This “win at all cost” strategy from the Teilhet campaign is, frankly, unacceptable. It’s negative campaigning at its worst. It is most disappointing that persons have used a mother’s loss and grief and outright misinformation for political purposes via a particular negative campaign ad.

    Your next Attorney General should be an experienced litigator and an experienced prosecutor. Ken Hodges has personally prosecuted hundreds of cases and supervised thousands more.

    I support Ken Hodges for Attorney General and I hope you will too.

    Thank you.”

  2. B Balz says:

    The I hear about Mr. Teilhet, the less I like.

    First, making extraction of DNA mandatory upon felony arrest, now this matter.

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