Reports are coming quickly that the Fulton County Superior Court jury that heard charges against Georgia Senator Don Balfour (R-Snellville) has acquitted the legislator of all charges. Presumably, he will be restored from the suspension that occurred after his indictment.
Attorney General Sam Olens released a statement on the results:
“I am very disappointed in the result of this case. The GBI investigation revealed that Senator Balfour requested and received reimbursements for expenses he did not actually incur: miles he did not drive, days he did not work, hotels other people paid for. Those requests were too numerous and systematic to be simply isolated mistakes. If those requests had been submitted by an unelected state employee, they would have been prosecuted, and a state senator should not be held to a lower standard. I was convinced that this case should be brought. A grand jury agreed.
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