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Panel votes NOT to suspend Rep. Tyrone Brooks

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Video: Tyrone Brooks Commission Hearing

  • A special commission appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal will hold a hearing on Friday to consider whether Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) should be suspended from office because of a federal indictment.
  • Tyrone Brooks, Roy Barnes (Photo: Paul Crawley, 11Alive News)
    

ATLANTA -- A special commission appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal has decided not to suspend Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) from office because of a federal indictment.

11Alive's Paul Crawley was at the meeting Friday morning and said it was short with no witnesses. He said panel's vote was a unanimous 3 - 0.

Also agreed on unanimously was the commission's determination that the indictment against Brooks does not relate to his duties as a state representative. 

Former Gov. Roy Barnes, representing Rep. Tyrone Brooks, objected to not being able to cross examine anyone.

Barnes also challenged the legality of the hearing, saying a 1984 constitutional amendment only applies to allegations of something a lawmaker does in relation to his office.  He said allegations against Brooks involve private organizations unrelated to his public duties.

Brooks pleaded not guilty in May to 30 criminal counts, including wire fraud, mail fraud and filing false tax returns

The bi-partisan panel included State Attorney General Sam Olens, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson.

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