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Ex-Gwinnett chairman sues sheriff over DUI arrest

LAWRENCEVILLE — An attorney representing the former leader of Gwinnett County government in a federal suit against Sheriff Butch Conway and two deputies hopes the action will bring millions in damages.

The 40-page suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, sues Conway and two deputies working under him who arrested then-Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister in June 2010 on DUI charges, which were later dropped.

Constitutional rights protecting Bannister against illegal search and seizure, and granting him the right to voice opposition to Conway in past political arenas, were violated, entitling him to whatever damages a federal jury will deem fit, the suit claims.

Bannister’s attorney, David Walbert, said Tuesday he’s hopeful that damages will exceed a $1.7 million settlement Bannister demanded from the county in a pre-litigation notice filed in Gwinnett last year. A county attorney denied that settlement after reviewing claims that Conway, motivated by a longstanding vendetta, abused his power to have Bannister arrested.

Bannister’s push for a settlement in local courts ended there.

With the federal suit, “a fair number would be something very, very large under these circumstances,” said Walbert. “Jurors of every stripe ... are very offended at the misuse of government power like this.”

Walbert said the case will ideally be tried in federal court some time in 2013.

Throughout the ordeal, Conway denied that he and Bannister were political adversaries. He called the arrest and baseless charges more a product of poor judgment than animosity.

Conway was out of the office Tuesday but provided a statement via a department spokesperson.

“I stand by the apology I issued to Bannister and his family,” said Conway. “Mistakes were made in this case, but they were not intentional.”

The suit claims the root of Conway’s vitriol, and that of other influential Gwinnett figures, was Bannister’s reluctance to be swayed by favors or unscrupulous financial gain when he took office in 2004.

Conway, the suit claims, developed an “intense hostility” for the chairman as Bannister voiced opposition to budgetary requests on issues such as overtime pay for deputies. Bannister also made inquiries into the workplace habits of Conway’s wife, Gwinnett State Court Judge Carla Brown, who he suspected of abusing public funds by “rarely” showing up for her full-time judgeship; her absences forced magistrate judges to cover for her, the suit claims.

When Bannister requested records showing when Brown’s access card was used to enter and exit the courthouse, it not only infuriated the judge and Conway, but spurred the sheriff to change the access card system so that no records could be kept, the suit claims.

A message left Tuesday at Brown’s office was not returned.

The suit alleges Conway tried to “catch” Bannister and arrest him on “trumped-up” charges when he left Cafe Hot Wing, a Lilburn restaurant Bannister frequented for “conversation, food and an occasional beer.” Under Conway’s direction, Sheriff’s deputies asked restaurant staff to notify them when Bannister was there, and they once pulled a receipt to see if he’d been drinking, the suit states.

On the evening of Bannister’s June 2010 arrest, Conway “dispatched” the deputies to the restaurant, then communicated via 28 cell-phone calls to avoid creating an official record while arresting Bannister on DUI charges. Bannister had met two colleagues and consumed “a small amount of beer that night” with food, but was not under the influence when he left in a county-issued vehicle, the suit claims.

The deputies erred in asking Bannister, then age 71, to perform physical tests such as a one-legged stand and using them as a basis for his intoxication, the suit states. Two breath tests showed Bannister had no alcohol in his system, as did a later blood test.

As a result of the arrest and subsequent media coverage, Bannister suffered “extreme humiliation, embarrassment and anguish,” the suit states.

The arrest came months before Bannister suddenly resigned to avoid a perjury charge as a special grand jury was investigating controversial land deals conducted under his watch.

Bannister has largely avoided public spotlight since vacating his post. His confidants told the Daily Post last year the Lilburn resident has found a peace in retirement. He renovated his wife’s childhood home and savors time spent with his grandchildren.

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Dubbin 1 year, 11 months ago

Interesting that this happens right before candidates qualify for the 2012 Sheriff's election isn't it? Now we'll see a Bannister crony run for Sheriff - mark my words.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

You hit that one right on its ugly head. He had previously backed several unsuccessful BOC candidates that were already in his pocket (like JC White's daughter, Butch Poss, etc.) and finally succeeded in installing Lasseter and Heard as his guaranteed votes. No doubt he's still trying to pull the strings from behind the curtain, but this is uncharacteristically clumsy. If Butch needs any campaign help, we're on board.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Let’s review. It is quite clear from the grand jury presentment that Bannister was involved in bilking millions from taxpayers to fulfill his own political agenda, crushing anyone that dared to get in his way. He resigned in disgrace, having been caught repeatedly lying under oath about his (alleged) illegal activities. Most close to him saw him routinely work under the influence of “something”. Restaurant receipts showed that he had purchased alcoholic beverages, witnesses saw him consume them, and realizing that the GCPD worked for the Chairman a citizen called the Sheriff, a deputy observed Bannister driving erratically, proper procedures were followed and the sad story unfolded. OK, so a lowlife (alleged) criminal has gotten his shorts in a bunch and wants to sue the government, wasting even MORE of our money than he already has. The smart move would have been to just slink away quietly, but then again, he has rarely been accused of being very smart. The lawsuit states that the DUI arrest was made "to embarrass and humiliate Bannister” but he had already done an excellent job of that all on his own.

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Mack711 1 year, 11 months ago

The Police officer had some doubt and tried to protect the public from a possible bad situation. He was caught, porcessed,found innocent, an apology was given record was cleared. DROP IT!!!!

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

Butch Conway has served us well. Bannister was an embarrassment to our county. This law suit should help Conway not hurt him. It will make me see to it that I vote. I'd never stay home when something like this is on the line. Dubbin, Cleanupguy. You're right. Where do I sign up to help the Conway campaign ?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

You might be able to e-mail him via the county website. He's usually very good about responding. I think you are right on - Butch has done an excellent job all the way around, and this will very most likely backfire on Bannister. Oh, almost forgot - Bannister ADMITTED to drinking when he was stopped, so now he'll say that he wasn't?

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

He's always returned emails to me before. Let's send him some and let him know this poser can't do him any harm in the peoples eyes.

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Deez09 1 year, 11 months ago

You don't have to believe what he says, but he blew a "0" on the breathalyzer and the blood test also showed no alcohol in his system. He told the cop he drank "some" beer. I don't care for Bannister but this was truly a railroad job by the sheriff's department.

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apsLilburn 1 year, 11 months ago

Do these political cockroaches ever just go away?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Given that a mere 10% of the 60% registered to vote re-elected him (that's a 6% turnout of eligible voters), it's up to us to squish them, and we're doing a terrible job of it

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Dubbin 1 year, 11 months ago

Not this guy. He is like Voldemort - he just inhabits the body of another politician who will do his bidding.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

NO he must have an interest at Briscoe and didn't like the report that was issued on the day he filed, besides didn't this round of Briscoe process begin under him anyway?

How else can you explain a delay THIS long? Occurred in 2010 and he files in 2012? Come on...

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docgreen1499 1 year, 11 months ago

Next thing you know, he is going to say that Butch forced him to make the illegal land purchases and that Butch forced him to lie under oath....I didn't like him when he was in office and I really don't like him now....He needs to drop it and crawl back under the roack he has been under for the last few years....

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gwinnettresident1 1 year, 11 months ago

Didnt Bannister tell the officer he had one beer...I cant remember but he is such an aS&p( i hope he wins nothing from Butch or the county...He has taken most of our money anyway with his shady deals. Just a man in power....they take ,take and take until their pockets run over.

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jack 1 year, 11 months ago

The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for "extreme humiliation, embarrassment and anguish which has continued to this day and is expected to continue into the future." So reopening all of this in a court of law, with the associated media circus, is supposed to alleviate his anguish?

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Mack711 1 year, 11 months ago

They may find something on Bannister if it should go to court. If they do he will not be able to resign to avoid jail time.

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Chris13 1 year, 11 months ago

And you think Butch is an angel? Let's open up his closet and see what skeletons are hiding!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

None of us are worthy of casting the first stone, but very much less the Bannister Bunch, thank you. Your vague doubt tossing aspersions need a lot more work.

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Chris13 1 year, 11 months ago

Haha....I happen to have first hand knowledge of Mr. Conway myself....so while I am being vague, I just don't find this forum appropriate for sharing every dirty detail.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Its all relative and when King Charles is the comparitive party - it really doesn't take much to shine at all...

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

I love the classic slimy Bannister / Bill McKinney types - "I have a big dark double top secret that only I know that will change everyone's mind, but I'm not telling." Personally, I gave that tactic up in third grade. You're either a Bannister Buddy or have a personal vendetta against Butch (I've found that a "certain type" often does), either way, no big whoop.

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Chris13 1 year, 11 months ago

Ooohh....now I'm a type? And apparently still in the third grade. Love it! Why is it acceptable that your "spouse" have first hand knowledge of Bannister, yet because I've mentioned that I also have first hand knowledge of Conway my comments are dismissed by you? I have no affiliation with either side, unlke you, who seems to be a Conway Cowboy? (see, I can come up with titles too I'm an advocate of the truth.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Bring your facts to moot court - see you there, Sparky!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Jack and Mack - my spouse (ummm, who happens to know very well of what is likely transpiring on this) - agrees with the first poster that this is most probably a typical Bannister / Bill McKinney (King Chuck's long time business partner and political spiritual advisor, the one "allegedly" behind the Kenerly Las Vegas video and many even worse dirty tricks) sleazy get even effort, in a sad and pitiful attempt to slip someone else into Butch's seat, or at least to discredit him. Bannister's main thing was always the power, and vindictive and morally bankrupt were the primary flavors. From the noise that this has already created, Chucky and Billy got this one very very wrong. FYI, this would be a civil court, not a criminal one nor an "investigative" (grand jury) one - it's just for show, and will probably be either dismissed or dropped after Butch overwhelmingly wins his next election. My only question at this point is if Butch will have to claim the pile of money that Bannister will hand over to his lawyers as a "Re-Elect Conway" campaign contribution.

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Don 1 year, 11 months ago

So the first grand jury was ruled illegal right and did Butch not say he was doing another for this land deal. I think Bannister is getting scared of the second grand jury and what may come out of it and is using this for a distraction!

So with land values down Bannister is needing some money!

I will gladly contribute to the Butch Conway legal fund1

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Don, Butch doesn't control grand juries - that’s the job of Danny Porter. I

Hopefully from this time forward an addendum is inserted in any “agreements” with Gwinnett County government “resources” at any level where commitments are made NOT to prosecute include a clause that rules the agreement invalid if the subject pursues ANY further legal action against the county from small claims court to the Federal level.

Gwinnett GOP keep this man away from any further monthly meetings – BJ VanGundy you can be friends with ANYONE you choose, just don’t bring him to official functions if you expect any fund raising in the county…

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Great Point R. This is just classic Bannister Bluster - the lawsuit reads like his standard pathetic shotgun blast aimed at the old political foes at the top of his list, hoping that they'll get scared and retreat. There is no factual basis for it, and it would open up some REALLY ugly issues hidden in Bannister's closet (like all those cozy meetings with developers that he lied about under oath, the millions he squandered teaching fellow BOC members political "lessons", etc.) - even he is not that thoroughly delusional to see this through. I am more convinced than ever that Bannister has grossly miscalculated this - I contacted Butch's campaign folks yesterday, and things are looking stunningly bright, likely given a considerable boost by this sad effort. I almost feel pity for Bannister at this point, but he has brought this on himself.

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NorcrossDot 1 year, 11 months ago

OMG, this man stole millions from the taxpayers and should have gone to jail except for the plea deal he got. Bannister go back under your rock.

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

Do you have any idea how much this will cost the County? This crook is what you elected into office. I hope you are all ashamed and do something about it now. The man was drinking and driving a County vehicle!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Like what? Vote him out of office? Too late for that! Chillax - most likely this lawsuit will go nowhere.

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

How about some occupiers on his front lawn? This is going to cost the County so much needed money. There has got to be something we can do!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

This is a civil suit against individuals, not the county. Bannister lives in Lilburn - you go ahead on the Occupy idea, if we're not there, start without us.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

It's obvious you don't know where he lives either. lol

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

His address was on all of his sworn public filings - Emily Drive in Lilburn, as I recall.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

You can mow his grass while you are there.

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

Bannister looking for more retirement money. He isn't use to living without money under the table. Been too long without this power. Can't believe he is suing the only Sheriff that made him look good by holding down crime. Bannister was way too scared to stay on the job for fear of being brought to trial. Lousy old man, only looking out for his pocket book now. I blame all the people that voted him back into office. You all deserve what you got. I never vote to re-elect anyone. You get your 4 yrs in the sun and goodby. That is how you save all our tax money going to pensions to these crooks. I sure hope the defense calls up witnesses from the bar that night. Originally they said Bannister was drunk and being loud. Under Nash, crime in Gwinnett has skyrocketed.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

I can assure you the man has never been loud.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

So you're saying that when you've seen him drunk he wasn't loud?

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Never known him to drink. Hence the .000.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

So you're calling Bannister a liar, since he admitted to drinking before he drove? The other witnesses regarding his frequent habits are all lying too? Nice try, not worthy.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

I think a lot of people have a beer with their meal. That does not constitute a drunk. Drinking is indulging. So make up better BS next time. Drunk and loud was far fetched to begin with. But some need all the smear they can get.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Can't quite get your story sraight, can you? You said that you had "Never known him to drink" - another lie? Redefining what never drinking means to suit your employer?

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

OMG, when he was running for Commissioner the father of a friend of mine knew him personally and professionally. He definitely loves the drink!

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

Wish someone would knock his smile off his face!

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Kevin, you couldn't punch your way out of a wet paper sack. I put my money on the 70 something year old man.

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kevin 1 year, 11 months ago

We should change the title of this article to Ex-Con.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe soon we'll be getting another mysterious DVD in the mail, like Bannister Buddy McKinney distributed showing Kenerly gambling in Las Vegas. How about Butch at home, mowing his lawn - the voice over says "was he still on the clock?" Oh, wait - they already sorta did that one, also covered in the lawsuit, claiming the "on their own time" deputies were being paid to help Butch get re-elected. Gotta at least give 'em credit for being highly experienced liars - look for lots more ahead.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

It always cracks me up to see people that think they know whats going on. LOL. I sure hope the truth comes out. Another trial by media. You people believe anything you read. He didn't accept a bargain, he frigging quit! When he quit he wasn't accepting pay for his job. He wasn't a part of all the illegal activity going on in Gwinnet, and that's the reason they were after him. And as for anything else placed on him, he was part of a whole panel of govt. people that made decisions. One measly vote! Know the inside of what's going on before you take time to respond like a dummy, or type and remove all doubt. There is no trial by media. The man don't need any money, he saved his first dime. Danny Porter has wasted more of the counties money than they could ever be sued for.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah, darn those pesky facts all to heck. Bannister quit because they found similar issues that they discovered with Kenerly. Bannister testified that he had never met certain individuals involved in this (who had already testified), but there they were, right on his appointment calendar. The grand jury listed just a few of his (alleged) transgressions, which cost taxpayers many millions. Again, I have volunteered to be a witness, I'm not getting my information from the Post. In any case, thanks for allowing me to see something even rarer than Easter Bunnies and Tooth Fairies - a Bannister supporter!

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

It was two years earlier. He told the man he would get back with him. Once he went back and figured he had met with the guy, HE called and said he did. THEY didn't figure it out. HE told them. That's the end of that.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Not what the presentment or the attendees (including Bannister) at the grand jury indicated. His appointment book in fact differed with what he had said under oath, not the myth you just fabricated. In any event, what kind of a spineless leader with concrete proof of no wrongdoing as you allege would lay down and resign instead of proving his case?

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe the fact he is 71 years old and tired of the monotony. I think he may prove his case. No, he said he didn't remember if he did or didn't. He checked his book and saw the name. Pretty plain and simple thing to do from a quiet man.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Seems that his case is rapidly falling apart - seen the Wayne Mason comments? The facts regarding the security card changes? Know anything about the developers that testified regarding his activities? Any facts whatsoever?

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Well I'm sure they will throw you out as a witness. You can't discuss it elsewhere garbage man!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Insofar as this will likely never see the inside of a courtroom, you are probably correct. If not, 99% chance I'll be there. And you? I'm sure that your rapier wit will be adored by the judge and your handlers.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Don't worry. I won't be there. I hate politics. I don't need to choose sides. My wit is always adored!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Adored by the other inmates? Well, we know that you lie (I don't work for the county, you said that Bannister never drinks but he admitted it himself, and you say you don't choose sides), so your credibility is zero on all counts.

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

Are you serious? I work for GC and he was every bit a part it, if not the ring leader in ALL of it!!!!! Who the heck are you? His wife? All he did was walk around with a smug smile on his face. He did not do one thing constructive the entire time he was there. He personally (with the help of Glenn and Aaron took GC DOWN). Don't give me one vote, you have no idea of his hands on with the Finance Department in his pocket. He made sure and placed all YES men at his beck and call.

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

This was for idiotinspector (which says it all)i

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

You must be one that didn't get a raise. No I'm not. No one person can rule a finance dept. Get to work and quit wasting our tax dollars. That's what I'm talking about. Paid to post comments on here instead of doing your job. Get to work now! Tax money waster!

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

Who said I was at work? Ever heard of VACATION? And by the way, I am not disgruntled. I love GC and always have. I have been through four commissioners. Always an adjustment but never an embarrassment as with Charlie. I felt dirty while he was in office. Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about. All you can do is respond stupidly.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

"He wasn't a part of all the illegal activity going on in Gwinnet, and that's the reason they were after him.” We don't know who you mean by "they" in this instance and you are right in that it is NOT directly illegal to overspend Millions of our tax dollars to teach fellow commissioners lessons...

But my question to you is this - Was his terms in office found to be worthy of a former MARINE? I can’t get my head around a man that would conduct himself so after standing in defense of freedoms? He’s been discredited forever; his name will always carry the tag of having resigned to avoid indictment regardless of where he goes. But the thing he should be concerned about are all those who sacrificed all so he could have a chance to be in office. THAT will be one heck of a reunion and you can bet he WILL drinking there…

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

From what? Newspaper hearsay? People like you that believe everything they read? You don't even know anything that occurred and you form an opinion!

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

How about one on one dealings in person? Your pen name is indeed informative- spew at will but it carries little meaning.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

The fact he was a Marine should say it all. Better yet keep believing the crap they tell you. You'll die as ignorant as the rest.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Do you stay "cracked" up - since you seem to be the only one who knows what's going on?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Lt. William Calley - oh, never mind.

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

What the heck does having been being a Marine have to do with anything? Do you ever actually read what you type?

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

If your blind butt will read above I was responding to R. How the heck would you know what goes on in a freakin office. You can't even pay attention here!

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

Try reading (if you know how) the Grand Jury report. It was resign or face charges! He was involved in every aspect of what was going on. Oh and now you are a Danny Porter hater. Please, I would like to know where you get your info. Mine comes from original documentation.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

People that comment on articles are very dumb. Or either hired to write something people will believe. Y'all don't know your rear from a hole in the ground. LOL

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

You must be Bannister minded....if you don't hear what you want...everyone else wrong. Yes, I agree YOU ARE VERY DUMB so stop posting.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

I know who's payroll you are on.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

I have what you lack Mick...common sense. That's better than these degrees.

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

No, I would call it delusional.......

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Ummmmm - you seem to be commenting on articles as well - sooooooo?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Ooooo-oooooo – another tidbit from the legal beagles: “In equity (as opposed to issues before a criminal court) the complainant MUST come before the court with clean hands.” Bannister’s personal emotional damage was clearly brought about by his own hand – he wasn’t voted out via anyone else’s evil actions (all were in fact examined and determined to be within the rules – in fact only Bannister had ethics complaints against him sustained and punished), he agreed to resign instead of face felony perjury charges. This lawsuit has zero merit, will most likely be dropped after the election, dismissed, or lost (in that order) and is clearly a pitiful attempt at striking a political blow against the next Sheriff of Gwinnett, Butch Conway. We have rallied four other neighborhoods since this came up, and it’s still way early – the icy grip of old Bannister Buddy politics stops here.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Rallying trailer parks is no way to run an election!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Surely you can do better than that! The best sign of having nothing to argue with is spewing Bill McKinney style.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

There is no perjury in not remembering.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

WOW this comment sounds like it came from the attorney of our famed commissioners BEFORE they went before the Grand Jury.

Better to be thought a fool and walk free then tell the truth and go to jail …

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Better to defend your honor than to ride off and let them win.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Yes, but Bannister outright lied - some of his former buddies ratted him out. If not, he should have fought the charge instead of caving. pretty simple.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Just so happens that I was part of it, and do.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

No, you know what lies you were told on your side of the fence!

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toby 1 year, 11 months ago

So Mr. Bannister runs out of cash, sues the sheriff (which means Gwinnett tax payers) and goes on his merry way. Looks like business as usual. The judge better throw this out and charge Bannister court fees or the judge needs to be voted out. Why do politicians make a living stealing money from tax payers? They run to help the tax payers and end up screwing them. AND they are all the same. Trust no politician.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

This is what I'm talking about people. You have two on here claiming to work for Gwinnett, Cleanup Guy(Garbage man), and Mickey. What are they doing with your tax dollars. Trying to run a smear campaign on a newspaper web page. Get to work!

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

The only agenda I have is my own. Unfortunately people like you are the reason we are in deep doo doo with our elected officials. Take off your rose colored glasses off or please don't vote.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey Idiotinspector, does Bannister have turn signals mounted on his behind so you'll know which way to turn or stop and when? It really doesn't matter what you say. The fact remains; Bannister resigned to avoid criminal prosecution because he perjured himself under oath. End of story. He's a criminal - period. Don't you think so davidinflowerybranch? You can come out from under your rock and respond.

Oh and "...People that comment on articles are very dumb...", is quite an indictment on your own stupidity now isn't it? LOL!

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

You just joined the club blinker man. You can't resign to get out of trouble. What kind of crap is that. LOL. Common sense would tell you better, but then again.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

No Plea agreements ever exist?

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Stupidity is making a comment without prior first hand knowledge. That flashing red light on your forehead let's me know when to increase your intelligence. Mr. Bannister hasn't awarded contracts that go through his family's properties. He hasn't awarded contracts to Mason for probation companies. He hasn't tried to corner the market on the judges either. Wake up! Hello!

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey Idiot boi, try to pay attention. I didn't say anything about any contracts. I know that single nerve of yours has to be bulging pretty hard right about now. Perhaps you need to wake up instead of sleep typing!

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

You better get to class. Yo Momma gone whip yo tail if she finds out you are on the computer again.

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

I didn't just join the club moron. If you'll look back, I've been posting for a long time. I just find it ironic that you refer to all of us here as "...very dumb..." for that which you have engaged in yourself idiot boi. I must have struck the only nerve you have functioning in your entire body! LOL

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

LOL. Seems you got upset. Who struck who's nerve? I don't have to refer to you. You prove it. What the heck is boi? You've been posting dumb stuff for a long time. Quit while you're ahead! Stick to the facts. BOI

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

What kind of uneducated fool says "blinker" when referring to a turn signal? LOL, "...He turned on his blinker, and..." You didn't strike any nerve with me. You think you can come into here and just run all over everybody in here with the same level of pompousness, arrogance, and disdain your host [as in the chosen one you choose to latch your parasitic teeth into and live off of] does? I don't hardly think so. You're an idiot just as your name implies and an equal coward to boot. I just called you out on it, and it really has rubbed you raw hasn't it?

"...You better get to class. Yo Momma gone whip yo tail if she finds out you are on the computer again..." LOL, what a childish little rant! "...Yo Momma..."? Really?

Keep on rambling. You crack me up and have become my poster child for ridicule in here. I don't necessarily taunt the animals, but for you, I'll make an exception. That's because you're a very special "boi"!

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey, you used boi unintelligent one! You've done nothing but make an attack, and stray from the article blinker boi. Most Georgian's use the term blinker. Turn signal? Who the crap uses that. Boi was the childish rant. I don't have to ramble, you have done that well and totally left the fact of the article. I've ran over you already. With both blinkers on! LOL

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Nope, not a county employee - time to sober up. Just an FYI - when using phrases like "I've ran over you already" I'd be cautious about casting aspersions on anyone else's intelligence.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

I think I got my point across just fine.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm high on sweet tea brother. LOL

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Yeah, I did "boi"! Very fitting description I think. You showed up here defending this useless self-serving ex-politician because you are a parasite and he is your host. That's all you have done is ramble. I used the term "boi" because you so fit the mold. Carry on! I'm not laughing with you. I'm laughing at you. We're all laughing at you.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Well laugh on boi. It's not my issue that you are electronically frustrated. Keyboard hero! Anyone using a term like that is pathetic anyway. Maybe confused about your gender. I stopped the rambling. Hence, this is the only news article I have ever commented on, and I'm sure it will be the last. Just a bunch of whiny humans without any facts.

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Dubbin 1 year, 11 months ago

Bannister's defenders never cease to amaze with the personal insults, bad grammar, and abject refusal to admit documented facts. The sad thing is this cabal keeps recruiting new minions and people keep voting for them. The fact that people voted Bannister into office instead of Hill just shows that people will get rid of dumb to elect dumber.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Well summarized. During his re-election campaign I actually felt a bit sorry for Charles - he often showed up for debates sans entourage, and nobody seemed to want to get near him. He was always a power hungry tool that others used to achieve their ends. He was never actually in charge, his handlers were. This time he's going to be very surprised that the old reliabe tactics no longer work, and his corner will be very empty.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

I guess he should of listened to the former commissioner so he could have been rich. Thank goodness he's honest.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Luckily, the grand jury saw it differently.

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

The PREVIOUS. Nothing to do with a grand jury.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

The previous WHAT? Delusions coming back again?

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

That would be the one before him, It's obvious you can't pay attention.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/bannister-ties-prominent-developer-1431223.html Otherwise known as an attempt to rewrite recent history.

“Carla Brown, steered a county contract to a probation company partly owned by Mason.”

“Bannister claims he objected to the county contract for Southeast Corrections, owned in part by Mason, and cites the conflict as evidence of a grudge that Bannister says led Conway to engineer the DUI arrest.”

“Bannister also claims the couple wanted Southeast Corrections to get the contract “so that their political allies would benefit financially.”

The Commission approved the contract in May 2010 on a 4-1 vote. A VIDEO of the meeting shows Bannister voted for the contract and raised no objections.

So even if you take Bannister at his OWN words - he just PROVED he’s a crook for all to see since he voted to support the issue with NO objections. Case closed.

I sure hope he took out permits when he worked on his wife’s family home …

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Surely that video was faked - Idiotinspector said: "Mr. Bannister .... hasn't awarded contracts to Mason for probation companies."

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

I believe the Sheriff's dept. handled that.

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Ummmm - surely you know that this is part of official county legal records - took about 12 seconds to find them (you know they all sign, right?) on line. Oh, yeah, probably faked, and those present were gassed......

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

Sorry idiot.....it was handled through the Purchasing Division, for the Courts. Bannister might as well have had an office in Finance next to Aaron, as much had his hand in the pie.

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Pompano 1 year, 11 months ago

Great to see the rats start to point fingers at each other...

If T-Splost passes, Gwinnett County Gov't is going to transition from the shady land deal biz to fake feasibility studies. We have $88 mil in local money earmarked for a rail feasibility study that typically only cost a mil to do. Get ready to watch $87 mil funneled to the Politically connected in Gwinnett.

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Coolray 1 year, 11 months ago

I've never seen "idiotinspector" and Charles Bannister in the same place. Seems a bit suspect to me...I'm just sayin

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Ha ha ha ha - good one! Chuck has lots of time on his hands these days!

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NewsReader 1 year, 11 months ago

Hahaha, perhaps a mirror would help!

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey! I love all of you. I can't fault a person for only knowing one side. I'm retiring from my inspection process here. More important things in life like racing. Have a great weekend!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Oky doky then, ostensibly delusional Bannister Buddy. The other side (aka the truth, your faked video reference without excuses, abject avoidance of the facts presented, etc.) would not agree with you. Good luck, Beloved Bannister Buddy!

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Idiotinspector 1 year, 11 months ago

Back by popular demand. I'll see you in the courtroom garbage man!

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 11 months ago

Oky doky, but yesterday you said: "Don't worry. I won't be there". Still can't get your story straight - or can't you remember that far back?

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Reason 1 year, 11 months ago

Time will tell soon enough, via due process...

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newresident 1 year, 11 months ago

I my view, he is an example of what I have seen in the 6 years that I have been in this county for its "good old boy" style of leadership. The sheriff has done a great job, in my view. Bannister should really never show his face with shame that he has placed upon this county, its government, and its citizens. Bannister and the other commissioner were only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corruption in my view when you consider that each every one on the county board should have known what was going on and/or should have been asking very pointed questions about these deals and, thus, voting against them.

Bannister is just looking to get even. Doing this will never clear his name or his poor character that came of as part of the Grand Jury findings with his actions. He did that all to himself so why don"t he sue himself.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

And to put this thread to bed,

I personally wish to thank Mr. Bannister and let him know that the Sherriff's Dept booth collected for 2 more BBQ dinners at Relay for Life in the king's honor than they would had otherwise...

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