In a much more mundane, yet local and sickly amusing, vein is the ruling this morning by a Cobb County judge that Rep. David Graves (R-Macon) cannot use the "discharging official duties" get-out-of-jail-free card to dismiss his arrest for DUI during the last General Assembly.
Rep. David Graves (R-Macon) tried to use an obscure provision in the state constitution to argue that he should not be prosecuted for a DUI he received in Vinings in February, during the 2005 session of the General Assembly. The centuries-old provision holds that a lawmaker cannot be arrested during sessions of the General Assembly, legislative committee meetings or while they're "in transit," except in cases of "treason, felony, or breach of the peace." Such provisions were generally written to protect lawmakers from political intimidation. Today, Cobb State Court Judge Irma B. Glover denied Graves' request to use the "legislative immunity" defense. Graves' attorney, William C. "Bubba" Head, immediately filed a motion to appeal the decision to the Georgia Supreme Court.
Bubba Head? You just can't make this stuff up. But wait, here's the punchline: Graves, who now has three DUI charges under his belt, is chairman of the House committee overseeing laws governing the alcohol industry.
That's too rich.