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Gwinnett DA named to state juvenile justice board

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter to serve on the Georgia Board of Juvenile Justice.

The board establishes the general policy of the Department of Juvenile Justice and provides leadership in developing programs to successfully rehabilitate juvenile delinquents and children in state custody. The board is made up of professionals, attorneys, law enforcement and other public servants.

"Danny Porter's acceptance of this new responsibility is evidence of his commitment to public service and stands as an inspiration to all Georgia lawyers as we seek to fulfill both our duty to help others and our high calling as stewards of the justice system," said Kenneth L. Shigley, president of the State Bar of Georgia.

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R 1 year, 11 months ago

Please don't forget your focus back here, we are a little unsettled from recent developments.

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mickey 1 year, 11 months ago

You go Danny! Not everyone appreciates your knowledge, ethics, and dedication to the Gwinnett County citizens. But know there a many of us that do!

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

What ethics? He's the creep who let Bannister off the hook and he'll do the same for Kenerly. Porter is too involved with the BOC and the Police. They never do wrong in his eyes (with one exception almost 20 years ago). Maybe he'll get tough with little kids and show his manhood.

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Jeff 1 year, 11 months ago

pcjohn, you have no idea what you are talking about. You do not know how fortunate you are to have Danny Porter as your DA. He has the utmost character, morals and ethics. He runs his office like a true leader, always conscious of the tax payers money. Trust me, count your blessings.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

Then tell me Jeff, why the devil did he let that snake Bannister off? There must have been something in it for Porter. What do you suppose it was? And I'll count visible blessings not the ones you conjure up, whatever they might be. Why not tell us of some. Porter is a wastrel connected with the politicians.

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Jeff 1 year, 11 months ago

You are obviously not a Bannister fan, so would you like to see him still running the county into the ground? What Porter did was get the guy out of office quickly before he could do any more damage. He could have indicted him, arrested him, and in maybe 2 to 3 years he would have went to trial. Maybe he would have been convicted, maybe not. You get the point?

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Pittypatjewels 1 year, 11 months ago

Directed to Jeff, obviously you have never had a situation that put you in a position adversarial to the police. Mr. Porter is a stauch supporter of the GCPD, even when they are in the wrong. Please, please don't tell me how ethically and morally strong he is!!! I most respectfully beg to differ. The man who caused my son's death walks free, simply because his son is employed by the GCPD. His actions would have caused any of we "normal people" to be arrested and charged but not this man, due to his ties to the GCPD. Mr. Porter intentionally turned a blind eye, despite our repeated pleas for justice.

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

Pittypatjewels-There are a lot of stories all over the internet that would agree with you. Far to many to just be someone with a grudge. Many feel their lives were ruined by Mr Porter. One guy had a pot charge of less than an ounce. He didn't take the deal the DA offered (incarceration). So he was sentenced to 10 years on Mr Porter's recommendation to the court. Pot's illegal but that isn't justice. Thankfully on appeal he was out in a year. He lost his career, and family. Seems a bit much for that charge. And of course that's his story. That is one of many though. So although the DA seems to do a good job if you read the headlines underneath there are real people damaged forever for no reason. Just to get the numbers up I guess. Really don't know. He may be a great guy for all I know but that much smoke makes you think a fire may be there somewhere.

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LoganvilleResident 1 year, 11 months ago

You shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet and your story is a clear example of why. The charge "Possession less than 1 oz of marijuana" is a misdemeanor under Georgia Law. As such, Mr. Porter's office would not be involved as it would fall under the jurisdiction of the State Court and the Solicitor's office. The maximum punishment under Georgia Law is up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

LR- Please see the posts by Jeff below. I've been schooled. You're right. Thanks.

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Jeff 1 year, 11 months ago

Possession of less than an oz of marijuana is a misdemeanor, prosecuted as a county ordinance in Recorders Court. Maximum sentence is $1000 fine and 1 year in jail. That story roaads1 is false. Not everyone is going to agree with someone in his position that has to make the decisions that he makes, on a daily basis, but I tell you that I know him to be a good and honorable man. Pittypatjewels, he has prosecuted several police officers. Of course he supports the GCPD, he prosecutes the cases that they make, but he's not blind. You sound like you have some first hand experience and may have a tainted opinion. Danny or his office look at the details of every case and make decisions based on evidence that can be presented in court.

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeff-I'm just going on what was written. I'll try to find that link again. I do not know Mr Porter and when I lived in Gwinnett I enjoyed a safe environment for my family and myself. The fact that there are many that dislike him makes one think. It's hard to believe they are all false but they absolutely can be. Gwinnett is changing and the GCPD and all the other city departments are having a hard time keeping up I'm sure. Prosecuting officers is not something anyone wants to see. Benefit of doubt should be the rule given the job they have to do and the balancing act that comes with their carreer. I think the Kennerly and Bannister thing has a lot of people upset and confused. Maybe rightfully so. If Mr Porer is a stand up guy and you know him well then you are probably the only one on this forum that does so maybe we should listen. At any rate Gwinnet hasn't fallen into the same traps that other counties nearby has and that fact says he deserves a measure of respect.

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Pittypatjewels 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeff, are you asking if I have first hand experience with criminal charges? Let me assure you that I do not. In fact, I have worked in the legal field since 1993 and am also a government employee. He may appear to be a "good and honorable man" on the outside, but when push comes to shove, his first loyalty is to the GCPD, not the citizens of Gwinnett County. I do have first hand experience, though not what you are implying. My son was not a criminal either, if that is also what you are asking. My son was a kind, decent lawabiding young man. He was a better man in his short life than Danny Porter could ever hope to be!!!!

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Jeff 1 year, 11 months ago

All good points roaads1. Thanks for you open minded attitude. Cops sometimes have a bad reputation and much of it is earned. It's unfortunate because they have a very difficult job. The sad part is that it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the reputation of an entire force. It reminds me of the story that was on the Discovery Channel a few nights ago about Dekalb Sheriff Dorsey, and how he was the mastermind behind killing the newly elected sheriff. Lawyers also have a bad reputation and unfortunately Danny is a badge carrying lawyer. So, people are going to have bad things to say about him. His office is responsible for prosecuting tens of thousands of the inmates that are housed in the detention center. Each of those inmates has family and friends and most of them don't have a favorable view of the DA's Office. On the flip side, there are tens of thousands of people who have been positively influenced by him and his office.

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeff. Law enforcement has what I believe is an impossible job. It's hard to snitch on a fellow officer yet the bad ones as you say taint the public view of the entire department. That would be a tough one. I really hadn't thought about an attorney with a badge, a double whammy. God bless him. Has to be a career that makes a man wonder why he does it at times I'm sure. I assume you work with him. Hope he knows what kind of loyalty he has in you. One of the most important traits in a team member. Thanks for replying.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

It might be "hard " to snitch on a fellow cop but if you don't you are violating your oath of office and furthering a crime rather than preventing it. It is often cute to talk about the "blue wall of silence" but if you examine it legally that "wall" is nothing more than a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice. And that makes every cop who participates a dirty pig.

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

Gwinnett has changed drastically over the past decade or so. I might add that the overwhelming majority of Gwinnett citizens would never be in a situation that put them in a position adversarial to the police. I really have a hard time with people that speak out openly against police as they often have a grudge of personal experience and their viewpoint is highly tainted.

Again, with the major shift in population and demograpics that Gwinnett has had to contend with I more than pleased with LE in Gwinnett. I obviously say that as a law abiding citizen. Kudos to DA Porter!

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

GCPD is one of the best in the nation. The size of it means there will be a bad apple or two. As Jeff said. It taints people on all of them. If someone has a real problem with one he should go to Professional Standards and report it. If the charge has merit they will actually handle it. The rank and file would rather it be handled like that and if the officer is one of those bad apples they would be glad to see them go. As far as Mr Porter goes, I think Jeff has a better view of his integrity and a firmer grip on the law than any of us. At the end of the day we all know Danny Porter could make more money in the private sector without the constant complaining. I hate that I was one of them.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

While I have agreed with you in th epast, I wonder just what causes you to call GCPD the best in he Nation. That's a pretty sweeping statement to proffer without foundation. I recall the narcotics cop cited for DUI, the clowns who tasered a fast food worker, the drunk female cop in Hall County, the sergeant who 6 years ago cut down a man trying to hang himself and caused him to fall on his head and become a vegetable because he did not direct his junior cop to break the fall, etc, etc. And chief Waters let all these bums slide without penalty. And let's not forget the SWAT team that last year invaded the wrong house two times, jeopardizing the lives of the occupants.

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

PC- I know quite a few of them and know what is happening locally. I know that is a sweeping statement but the fact that the great environment that Gwinnett has is a testament to how it is run. That in my opinion speaks volumes about the police department. They have some bad apples although the Waffle House taser incident should have only cost one officer his job, not three. That is my opinion now and was then. Gwinnett is ranked very high in quality of life. The schools are great, crime is low compared to it's neighbors. I believe what I wrote. GCPD is awesome. Not perfect.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

Let me remind you of the Waffle House incident. The jerk who tased the kid was in the presence of TWO sergeants, neither of whom advised against that action nor did either one report it. They laughed it off! And only after it hit the news did Charlie Waters do anything about it - he let the sergeant resign in spite of his total lack of leadership. He let him resign so he could go to another PD to continue his stupidity in uniform.
And the quality of our schools (in a State that ranks 47 out of 50) has nothing to do with the PD. You can save those plaudits for the teachers and parents.

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

He put them in an impossible situation. I believe they did what they could that night and thought everything was ok. The officer did a stupid thing that helped ruin his own career and the two others.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't see how thee careers were "ruined" since no one was fired and they were allowed to maintain their POST certification as a result of Waters inaction. They're still cops, just working elsewhere. Hardly a lesson learned!

And why didn't Danny Porter bring the culprit to trial for aggravated assault, a felomy? Because Porter is part of the corrupt system in Gwinnett might be a good answer.

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

According to what the AJC said none of them are still on the force. I guess we agree to disagree.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

You're correct - they're not on GCPD but they maintain their POST cert and may well be working some other PD as I suggested. If you are so close to these guys you might ask them what happened to the 2 SGTS and get back to us. That is if you're interested.

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LoganvilleResident 1 year, 11 months ago

The officer that zapped the guy DID get arrested and charged. The offense did not rise to the level of aggravated assault. For it to be aggravated assault, you have to assault someone with the intent to murder, rape, or rob... or use a weapon that is LIKELY to result in death. Neither of those applied and therefore it wasn't aggravated assault.

Given your comments over the last several weeks, it is obvious that you dislike police. However, you can't charge people with the wrong crime because you dislike them.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

I did not know he had been arrested. I missed that important part of the story and thank you for the info. Can you tell me what he was charged with, what the disposition of his case was and if he is still on the GCPD force? I'm not trying to challenge you but just want to get the whole story so I can correct my erroneous impression. Thanks.

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LoganvilleResident 1 year, 11 months ago

Here is a link to a story about the incident and his arrest:

http://www.11alive.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=131583

It says he is no longer working for the department. As far as what has happened since he was arrested, I'm not sure.

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Pittypatjewels 1 year, 11 months ago

Again, I respectfully beg to differ roaads1. Following the procedural guidelines to file a complaint against an officer does not entitle one to a fair and unbaised review of the situation. If you believe that, you need to take off the rose-colored glasses and take a look at the real world.

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Jeff 1 year, 11 months ago

pcjohn, you really need to check your facts before you open your mouth and make the problem worse. People like you are the exact reason that the problem of hate and discontent for police officers gets worse. Why would you comment on things that you have no idea about or have not at the very least done some research on? I'm not familiar with all of the incidents that you referenced but I do know for a FACT that the Officers who tasered the waffle house cook all resigned and one was indicted. The indicted officer later entered a plea and was sentenced. Lyndsey Perry, the officer arrested for a DUI in Hall County entered a plea to Reckless Driving and resigned from the GCPD. To blame an officer for attempting to help a suicidal person in the heat of the moment is unfair.
So when you say that "Chief Waters let all of these bums slide without penalty" is nothing more than a lie and frankly you make the problem worse.

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roaads1 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you Jeff. I followed that Waffle House case because it seemed absurd. I get why the other two officers were reprimanded but hated the thought of their careers being ruined by this. I'm sure they thought it wasn't a big deal when it happened. Not big enough to change their lives like it did. The officer that tased the guy paid dearly. The other two were damaged beyond what I thought were reasonable. I don't know anything about Chief Waters. But he runs a good department in some very trying times.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeff - you must realize that getting all the facts in situations involving potential police misconduct is extremely difficult. The police control ALL the information and the release of that info. They are reluctant to disclose anything that reflects poorly on their unit, citing an "ongoing investigation". Contrast that with what happens when someone injures a cop - there is a rapid release of the perp's name, photo and any criminal history. That might explain why I missed some facts that were disclosed weeks or months after the initial incident. You state that all the cops in the Waffle House incident resigned. I don't see how that is a penalty since under GA POST rules there is no crime and they can maintain their status and work elsewhere as if nothing happened. I faulted Waters for letting the SGTs escape by that route. Such a poor manifestation of leadership at the command level should have resulted in firing or demotion in rank. Works that way in the military which the police seem to want to emulate.

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Jeff 1 year, 11 months ago

Pcjohn – the facts were easy enough for me to find in a few minutes. The problem that I have is that you blast away at the police, Chief Waters and Danny Porter like its FACTS when it clearly is not. That’s not fair to either of them. The Waffle House incident officers were allowed to resign. I do not know all of the facts, but I do know that a fired county employee has the right to appeal his case to the Merit Board and if the Merit Board sides with the employee then the employee will be reinstated and there is nothing that the Police Chief can do about it but to put them back to work. A fired employee also has the chance to collect unemployment. So when an employee offers to resign in lieu of termination, it is almost always the best decision for the county. I’m not sure what these officers are doing now; if they are re-employed as cops are not. You seem to know everything, so maybe you know what departments they are working for. I’m sure that their GA POST record reflects this incident and that any agency that considers hiring them (given they are even eligible) would see their disciplinary history.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

So where did you get these facts so quickly? I'd love the reference so that I can avail myself of this source. Contrary to your churlish remark that I "seem to know everything", I can assure you that I do not. I only know what I read or see on TV; thus my request for your sources.

Your assertion that having an employee resign rather than be terminated is "the best decision for the County" is speculative. Of course, it does reflect the thinking of Danny Porter with respect to Bannister (and most dirty politicians and cops), doesn't it? Do you work for Porter or Waters?

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Jeff 1 year, 11 months ago

Alright pcjohn, let me do your leg work for you since you seem to think that it’s okay to lie about people with no facts and are too lazy to do research. http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2011/jul/29/family-suing-gwinnett-pd/?news http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/ex-officer-pleaded-no-1123495.html I don’t think that you know everything; actually the contrary is true. According to all of your previous post, YOU think you know everything by your “matter of fact” statements. After just a little research, it is clear that you do not now much.

I don't and never have worked for Danny or Chief Waters. I do know current and previous employees of Danny and they all describe him as I do.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks Jeff for the reference to the Waffle House case. I had not seen it. Based upon your research and the citation you gave me I noted that Gary Miles, the tasing cop, was charged with aggravated assault and violation of his oath. Aggravated assault is a serious charge, a felony I believe. Since the case was presented in Gwinnett I must conclude that it had to be Danny Porter who allowed this felon to plead to a misdemeanor and receive only probation. This entire thread has been my attempt to characterize Porter as soft on politicians and bad cops. Porter let the sleazeball Bannister escape and he did the same with Miles. Thank you for helping prove my initial point with respect to the wastrel Porter.

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silentjuror 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeff I was wondering if you may be Snuffy from his office. Danny does have skeltons in his closet that have been uncovered. Personally I think the Gov is a fool to pair up with Danny. Just maybe Norris has not passed the info onto the Gov yet - the good old boys system at its finest.

Keep searching the truth does come out

Keep searching the truth does come out by silentjuror

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

Please Silentjuror, do tell! We will try to take you seriously sans to shifty google eyes.

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Michelle7 1 year, 11 months ago

Things seem to have gone slightly off topic here. This piece is about Danny Porter reciveing a huge honor from (and a lot more work for) the state of Georgia. This should be a place to congratulate the man on his accomplishments.

So hey, congratulations, Mr. Porter!

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

Rather say: Hey Porter, how come you let Bannister the crook off so easily? Too tough an adversary for you?

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Michelle7 1 year, 11 months ago

With the budget cuts, I think just getting Bannister out of office is the best they could do. He may have deserved much worse, but there are other criminals out there that need to be caught and prosecuted and they've got to make the call. I doubt anyone in the prosecuter's office likes it any more than we do.

That said, I'm sure they're ready for it to be over. No elected offical likes to have other elected officals making those kinds of headlines. The stink gets on everyone.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

Silentjuror - can you divulge some of that dog's skeletons for us? I'm sure you'll cause Jeff to weep but go ahead for the rest of us who don't walk into Porter's office holding our ankles,

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

pcjohn, is Silentjuror your alter ego?

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

news2me - Nah, never heard of the guy/gal until he appeared on this thread. But I hope he/she unloads some facts about that rascal Porter.

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Jeff 1 year, 11 months ago

pcjohn, go ahead and have fun with your name calling. I merely responded to this thread when i read the story and saw you bashing and name calling someone that i know is a good man. Perfect man, no, I don't think that I have ever met one and I'm certainly not one. So, i'm going to leave you at it. Have fun.

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pcjohn 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeff - Well it's been good talking with you. I'll leave you with your delusions about Porter and I will continue to embrace the facts that he is weak when confronted by police or politician misdeeds. When facing those folks his backbone seems to disappear and all that remains is a puddle of urine. But you stick with your hero. This is America and even comic book heroes are allowed.

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news2me 1 year, 11 months ago

Post again soon Silentjuror.

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silentjuror 1 year, 11 months ago

news2me have been busy sorry, no pcjohn and I don't know each other. I find it odd that you are quick to take the word from the DA's office as truth. How many hours have you put into looking through case files? It seems a storyline is repeated over & over becoming folklore while evidence is hidden. PM me and I'll be glad to speak on the phone with you or anyone.

Open invitation just like Danny's.

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