Case Against Former Cobb EMC Chief Can Go to Trial

The Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling today upholding an indictment of former Cobb EMC CEO Dwight Brown. The Marietta Daily Journal reports that in a 5-2 decision, the court said that even though members of the grand jury that indicted Brown back in 2012 were customers of the electric utility and therefore possibly biased against Brown, there was no constitutional requirement mandating juror impartiality.

The indictment is the second one to accuse Brown of improper conduct while he was Cobb EMC’s CEO. A previous indictment was tossed out by the Georgia Supreme Court in September, 2013. In that case, the court decided the indictment was not obtained in a place open to the public. The current indictment, which consists of 31 counts including theft and racketeering charges, was filed in 2012.

The case will be heard before Cobb County Superior Court Judge Robert Flournoy.