State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Will Not Be Removed From Office By Commission

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    State Representative Tyrone Brooks will not be removed from office. A review commission appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal unanimously decided to allow Brooks to remain in his position.

    According to a statement released by the Office of the Governor today, the “commission unanimously determined that the indictment against Brooks does not relate to his duties as a state representative.”

    Brooks was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he misappropriated almost $1 million in charitable funds from Universal Humanities, a charity he founded in 1990, and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials (GABEO), in May. But the commission determined it was not sufficient to justify removing Brooks from the Georgia House of Representatives.

    Gov. Nathan Deal appointed state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) and state Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson (D-Tucker) to join Attorney General Sam Olens on a panel that would determine whether or not to suspend state Brooks (D-Atlanta) from office on June 14, giving them 14 days to complete their assessment.

    Charges filed against Brooks by the U.S. Attorney’s Office triggered a provision in the state constitution that required a panel of the state attorney general and a gubernatorial appointment of one House and one Senate member to rule on an indicted legislator’s fitness to serve in office.

    Deal received the indictment against Brooks on May 31 from Georgia Attorney General Olens.

    From the beginning, Brooks professed his innocence.

    “Everyone knows that civil rights activists don’t take,” Brooks told the Daily World earlier in June. “We give. I’ve given everything but my life to make this a better world.”

    Leaders from religious and civic organizations rallied behind Brooks, touting his lifelong commitment to civil rights and the impact he has had in the more than 50 years he was active in the Atlanta area. He is considered one of the most popular and hardest working legislators in state government.

    Former Governor Roy Barnes who is representing Brooks for free against the federal indictment, said at a recent press conference, “His life is about service, not amassing great wealth. If his life had been about wealth, he could afford to pay me.”

    While he is allowed to remain in his Congressional post, Brooks will still face charges in a 30-count indictment handed down by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns.

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