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Attorney general calls on Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council

Charles Spahos appointed to police chief case

JONESBORO — Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens recently appointed the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, headed up by Charles A. Spahos, to prosecute the case involving Clayton County Police Chief Gregory Porter.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that the police chief misappropriated grant money.

Citing her full caseload, Clayton District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson contacted GBI Director Vernon Keenan for assistance to review the alleged theft of $36,000 of grant money.

Spahos became the executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia in June. He is the former Henry County Solicitor General and has served as a member of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council for five years.

“I received the appointment from the attorney general naming the council as special prosecutors for the case,” said Spahos. “At this point, we are assisting the GBI with the investigation, to determine whether or not there are any criminal charges to pursue. At the conclusion of the investigationm, we will decide whether or not to move forward.”

Porter and his brother, Clayton sheriff’s Deputy Robert Porter, operate two consulting firms, Eagle Eye and Busy Body, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. The companies were hired about 2009 to provide off-duty law enforcement officers for home surveillance on Clayton State Court DUI probationers, said Clayton Court Administrator Matt Sorensen.

Former Clayton police Chief Jeff Turner said Gregory Porter had permission to work part-time jobs when he was serving as deputy chief. Porter became chief in September 2010.

In June, Sorensen and State Court Judge Linda S. Cowen discovered a discrepancy in the way Porter was paid in 2009 but Sorensen declined to be more specific, citing the ongoing investigation.

“We turned over what we found to the Clayton District Attorney’s Office and we are fully cooperating with the investigation,” he said in a previous interview. “I don’t want to comment on what raised our suspicions.”

Chief Porter’s attorney, Manny Arora, said his client is looking forward to the investigation finding him innocent of the allegations.

“Apparently, there was a suspicion that some of the state grant funds for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) court were improperly obtained by Chief Porter,” said Arora. “The GBI requested financial records of the DUI Court program. Our position is, great, look at everything, wrap up the investigation and let Chief Porter move on. The paper work will speak for itself and it will show what monies were billed and what monies were paid. Let them work through the financial records and wrap up the investigation as soon as they can.”

Arora said his client is agitated by the misappropriation of funds allegations.

“Of course, any rational person would be upset and Chief Porter is upset,” said the defense attorney. “We are aware that the investigative process takes time and once it is over we expect it to be in our favor. In the event that there is some evidence of wrongdoing, which I don’t anticipate, the least of any rational person’s worries would be their professional career.”

Staff writer Kathy Jefcoats contributed to this report.

Comments

spencerid 1 year, 7 months ago

For me it was quite hard to earn a law degree. Of course some courses were easy, but most of them weren't so simple. I am an accident lawyer Louisville because I learned and worked a lot to be here. Don't trust the person who will tell you that the law school is easy, because it isn't. Even if you are talented and you like what you do, these skills will help you a lot but it won't make the law courses easier.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 7 months ago

...spencerid; Has business gotten so slow, at work, that you have gone to plugging your work place on our Clayton County News Forums ? ..... Have you ever gave any thought into taking out Television Commercials, as most other ambulance chasers ?

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spencerid 1 year, 6 months ago

No, because I gave up being a lawyer... why? because I had too many bad experience with the legal system. I considered myself a good lawyer, but you can not fight with the corruption and stupidity by your own. The result...you will quit to remain a person with good principles.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 7 months ago

....What luck, maybe Clayton County can shed Porter from our police force. I really don't understand why he continues to work at the Clayton County Police Force....Or do I ?...Ha, Ha, Ha !!!!

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Robert 1 year, 6 months ago

Why isn't the News Daily updating us on the Chief's investigation and why isn't this being covered by the county paper as well. ?

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/22237927/25-current-former-clayton-county-pd-officer-allege-discrimination

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OscarKnight 1 year, 6 months ago

.....It seems to me that Porter in an untouchable force in this county, and so is the Clayton County Police Department. Welcome to The Democrat Plantation of Clayton County, Georgia.

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/15572447/officer-accused-of-terrorizing-citizens-still-on-force

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OscarKnight 1 year, 6 months ago

...The above youtube video title was mislabeled ("Deputy"), but it is from actual News Footage.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 6 months ago

....Robert; I keep asking myself why Porter hasn't been replaced, since having a newly elected County Chairman ( Jeff Turner ) ?

....I don't think that it would take a brain surgeon to put this puzzle together.

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Robert 1 year, 6 months ago

Is this being swept under the county rug ?

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Robert 1 year, 6 months ago

A GBI investigation, alleged misconduct of misappropriation of funds, lost or stolen gun, issuing guns to non-lawenforcement people, and now allegations of discrimination. How long will the tax paying citizens have to put up with this administration? If Porter was a beat cop and not the chief he would have been relieved or his duties pending the outcome of the investigation.

http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/video?clipId=8873749&autostart=true

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