Who needs to watch the national news for stories of greed and avarice when all you need to do is google “Clayton County, GA”? The latest in the horrific decline of the once lovely county on the southside is this:
Got that? Ohhhhh, it gets better….
Clayton County District Attorney Jewel Scott and her husband, candidate for the County Commission Chairman’s seat, Lee Scott, are being sued for more than $1 billion.
Earl Randall, a candidate for the chairmanship, who used to work as the district attorney’s chief of staff, filed the law suit on Monday afternoon, alleging he was fired from his job in an act of political retaliation and suppression.
Randall was fired right before Christmas. Jewel Scott reportedly said he was campaigning while on the job, but Randall maintains he was fired because he was running against Lee Scott in the 2008 election.
“Within days of filing his Declaration of Intent [to run for county chairman], Randall learned that Lee Scott was very angry,” according to the suit. “Lee Scott was observed slamming his fist into a table at Fridays Restaurant while eating lunch with Jewel Scott and several employees of the CCDA. Lee Scott was heard screaming at Jewel Scott that the CCDA was his house and he ran his house. He paid $250,000 for Jewel Scott’s election.“
PAID for her election? A-huh. This is the one same “DA” who pushed a fine man to such despair that he took his own life.
The attorney representing Randall has previously battled the district attorney and her husband. Atkins represented Donald Hood, the former director of the county’s maintenance department, who was charged with stealing an American flag intended for the memorial of a fallen police officer.
In that case, Atkins alleged the district attorney’s office was prosecuting — and not prosecuting — cases based on political considerations. Atkins accused the district attorney of making up the charges against Hood in an attempt to gain information that would be helpful in going after political rivals. Jewel Scott responded with allegations Hood had carried out a sustained campaign of graft and threatened to take away his retirement benefits.
Hood killed himself on Feb. 29.
In the weeks following his death, both Jewel Scott and Atkins accused each other of pushing the 62-year-old to the point of suicide.
This is the same county with the crooked, dictatorial Sheriff, the imploding school system and the BOE hell-bent on losing accreditation. One of the ripple effects is that property values are dropping. Is that a surprise? Who would want to live in such a quagmire? Surely there is some obscure law somewhere what allows the Governor or other state agency to step in and stop the madness.
Not only have these bald-faced crooks and liars effected the lives of those that work under them, through intimidation and purposeful mistreatment, but they are altering the future of THOUSANDS of children. Power grabs and graduation rates should be mutually exclusive. Arrests should be based on the crime and evidence, not on whether TV cameras are close by. Bills should be paid. Promotions should be honored. Retirements should be funded. Basic county services should function for the citizens, not for lining the pockets of favored-status contractors.
Build a fence around Clayton County to keep the government thugs in and let them just gnaw each other to death. Just let my parents and their sweet neighbors out first.
Previous rants: Narcissism, The Tie that Binds; The Abyss of Clayton County Corruption; Now I Know How Mimi Felt (about half-way down the round-up); Another Claytonian Moron Gets Media Face Time; The Dog Ate My Homework (another round-up).