Bannister Indicted. UPDATE: Bannister Not Indicted.

UPDATE by Buzz: WSB just Tweeted this:

CORRECTION – We want to clear up some confusion from the Gwinnett Co Courthouse. Grand jury DID NOT indict Charles Bannister

AJC says Bannister not indicted:

Documents released by the court Monday morning indicate the jury considered a count of making false statements against Bannister, who appeared before the grand jury on Friday and then abruptly resigned the chairmanship.

According to the documents, Bannister told the grand jury in July that he had not met with a man indentified as Marvin Hewatt on Feb. 24, 2009, and he denied receiving from either Hewatt or a second man, identified in the count as James Clower, an appraisal regarding a tract of land that was the subject of litigation between Hewatt and the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

In fact, Bannister did have such a meeting and did receive the appraisal, according to the count.

But the grand jury returned a “no bill” on that charge on Friday, according to the documents released Monday. The documents do not indicate why the jury decided not to issue an indictment.

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said, “I was directed to prepare an indictment, they considered the indictment and they declined to indict.”

According to the article, the Judge has sealed the Grand Jury report until October 22 when the GJ will meet again to conclude their business. Also Commissioner Kevin Kenerly “filed an motion objecting to the grand jury proceeding and challenging its work.”


  1. Progressive Dem says:

    This is the same Marvin Hewatt mentioned in an AJC story this morning about $38,000 in contributions to the Deal campaign. Randy Evans says they are investigating.

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