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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Tastes just like chicken
Continuing this week's theme of meat-titled posts, here comes one from the Putting the Fox in Charge of the Henhouse file, something it seems the GOP loves to do. (Think of Bush's head of Climate Change Policy being a former oil lobbyist and now ExxonMobil exec; or charging the FTC, now headed by a former Chevron counsel, with investigating oil company profiteering in the wake of Katrina; making an oil/coal/gas lobbyist deputy secretary of the Interior Department; etc.)

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.
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posted by Aerodad at 9/27/2005 03:33:00 PM


Blogger Emily said...

I really don't even know where to begin on this one. Clearly this clown thinks that the letter of the law trumps the spirit of the law. I read an article recently on ethics that compared this type of thinking to teenagers - always looking to push the boundaries of "what's allowed" without having a mature understanding of the ethical or moral underpinnings of the rule. Republican or Democrat, we need to have GROWN-UPS in charge of our precious democratic government who know that right and wrong isn't a matter of what you can get away with. We need to demand that our politicians on both sides take accountability when they make mistakes. This is simply unacceptable.

9/29/2005 09:45:00 AM  

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