Not surprisingly, Cobb Commission Chairman has been cleared of ethics charges filed over the Braves stadium relocation vote. I’ll skip the particulars to highlight the money quote from the Marietta Daily Journal’s report, as it needs to be internalized by anyone who ever thinks about filing one of these things.
“When you say, ‘This is wrong,’ you have to be able to say, ‘And, this is why,’” Patellis said. “And, we didn’t have any of that here.”
It’s just that simple. If you don’t like something, fine. If you don’t like the process on how something was done, that’s your right as an American. It doesn’t mean someone broke the law, nor violated standards of ethics. The burden of proof isn’t on the elected official to prove to your satisfaction they didn’t do anything wrong. The burden is on the person filing the complaint to prove there is a violation.
If we ever want to see comprehensive ethics reform in Georgia’s state and local government, the first thing we need to do is get a handle on those who want to scream “ethics violation” every time they’re dissatisfied with losing a vote or an election. Laws actually matter. If you expect others to follow them, then you too need to understand the burdens and limits of them before you gum up the system with crap like this.
For full details on this, please follow this link to the Marietta Daily Journal where they’ll explain in detail the events leading up to this non-charge.