Questions Regarding the Handling of the Balfour Trial

In Charlie’s piece yesterday, he noted:

The expectation from those around the 3rd floor water cooler is that Balfour will ask for a speedy trial, then use other Senator’s expense reports to show that everyone else is “just as sloppy” as Balfour was in completing his.

Almost immediately after an indictment is handed down in Fulton Superior court, a case is assigned to a judge. The only exceptions to this rule are cases considered “non-complex”, simple thefts by taking for instance, that are handled in a 9 week frame. But Balfour’s case, which is being prosecuted by the state Attorney General AND involves many documents and charges, has been placed in the non-complex calendar. He’s got an inquiry hearing before Judge Woodson who is among three judges who drop down and sit as designated on non-complex cases. I bet he’s thrilled by this development. Regardless, this case is entirely inappropriate for non-complex treatment.

So why is this case being handled specially? Is someone trying to put a lid on others’ embarrassment, or is this just about helping Balfour to make the whole thing go away?

 

6 comments

  1. Napoleon says:

    I think the more important line is, “to show that everyone else is ‘just as sloppy’.”

    Balfour as head of the audit committee would have had access to those reports. Is his plan some sort of scorched-earth campaign with him saying, “I might do down, but I’m taking the rest of you with me!”?

    Stefan, I almost think your last paragraph needs to be expanded on a bit more.

    • Baker says:

      “Balfour as head of the audit committee would have had access to those reports. Is his plan some sort of scorched-earth campaign with him saying, “I might do down, but I’m taking the rest of you with me!”?”

      Man I hope so. Not that I’m hoping our legislators are sloppy, but if they are willingly falsifying documents, or just so careless that it is unwillingly, that needs to come out. Maybe Balfour can be the Jose Canseco of the Georgia legislature.

      • xdog says:

        I hope I can lose the mental image of a very buff Balfour bouncing baseballs off his head by the weekend.

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