Only 20 Shopping Days Left Until Don Balfour’s Trial Date

Indicted State Senator Don Balfour’s trial date is set for December 16th, according to the AJC.

Balfour has been censured  and fined by his Senate colleagues, suspended from the Senate pending trial (or the end of the year due to a quirk in the law), and suspended from the Senate Republican caucus indefinitely.  He faces 18 charges including theft by taking, false statements and writing, and making a false certificate.

The charges carry potential sentences if found guilty of one to ten years in prison.

I would make recommendations for your shopping lists but I’m not sure if stripes or solid orange is in season this year.


  1. NoTeabagging says:

    Orange is the new black.
    Pinstripes, always a classic.
    Accessorize with ankle bracelets, for photo ops.

  2. Will Durant says:

    Since Mr. Hodges keeps singing the clerical error song I was hoping one of the legal types on here could speak to the issue of intent on these charges. Is the burden of proof on the state to prove intent to make the charges stick? I do remember this was a successful defense years ago when Roscoe Dean walked on similar charges.

    • Charlie says:

      I just hope the prosecution uses Balfour’s quote to the AJC in 2010 demonstrating he was aware he was responsible for the Senate’s audit committee but did nothing until cornered in late 2012, and more importantly,

      His own grandstanding words used against Ralph David Abernathy III demanding he be expelled from the Senate when he was charged. Something about having higher standards.

  3. cheapseats says:

    I’ll never be able to forget the first time I was in a room with “The Don” – before I even knew his name – and I felt dirty. The guy just had an aura of slime. It was no surprise that he rose to a major leadership position in the Ga GOP.

    The first time I was around Paul Broun, Jr. , I swear I thought he was somebody’s slightly mentally deficient cousin and was invited to the event as a touching gesture of kindness for a guy who didn’t get out much.

    First impressions are lasting and often accurate.

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