Monday, June 16, 2014

Get out of jail card if you donate to District Attorney Julia Slater's campaign

Editor's note: Tiffany Stevens is not affiliated with the owner/editor of this website. She is an employee of the Ledger-Enquirer.

2010 Georgia Code
§ 16-10-2 - Bribery

O.C.G.A. 16-10-2 (2010)
16-10-2. Bribery

(a) A person commits the offense of bribery when:

(1) He or she gives or offers to give to any person acting for or on behalf of the state or any political subdivision thereof, or of any agency of either, any benefit, reward, or consideration to which he or she is not entitled with the purpose of influencing him or her in the performance of any act related to the functions of his or her office or employment; or

(2) A public official, elected or appointed, or an employee of this state or any agency, authority, or entity of the state, or any county or municipality or any agency, authority, or entity thereof, directly or indirectly solicits, receives, accepts, or agrees to receive a thing of value by inducing the reasonable belief that the giving of the thing will influence his or her performance or failure to perform any official action. A thing of value shall not include:

(A) Food or beverage consumed at a single meal or event;

(B) Legitimate salary, benefits, fees, commissions, or expenses associated with a recipient's nonpublic business, employment, trade, or profession;

(C) An award, plaque, certificate, memento, or similar item given in recognition of the recipient's civic, charitable, political, professional, or public service;

(D) Food, beverages, and registration at group events to which all members of an agency, as defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of Code Section 21-5-30.2, are invited. An agency shall include the Georgia House of Representatives, the Georgia Senate, committees and subcommittees of such bodies, and the governing body of each political subdivision of this state;

(E) Actual and reasonable expenses for food, beverages, travel, lodging, and registration for a meeting which are provided to permit participation or speaking at the meeting;

(F) A commercially reasonable loan made in the ordinary course of business;

(G) Any gift with a value less than $100.00;

(H) Promotional items generally distributed to the general public or to public officers;

(I) A gift from a member of the public officer's immediate family; or

(J) Food, beverage, or expenses afforded public officers, members of their immediate families, or others that are associated with normal and customary business or social functions or activities;

provided, however, that receiving, accepting, or agreeing to receive anything not enumerated in subparagraphs (A) through (J) of this paragraph shall not create the presumption that the offense of bribery has been committed.

(b) A person convicted of the offense of bribery shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 or by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than 20 years, or both.
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  1. Would Michael Weaver have been charged with aggravated assault, imprisoned, then banished from Columbus for using pepper spray in self-defense when being attacked by two black thugs if he had made a "campaign contribution" to D.A. Julia Slater?

  2. During the last election attorney Mark Post ran against current D.A. Julia Ann Fessenden Slater for the stated purpose of ridding the D.A.'s office of rampant internal corruption and cronyism. Unfortunately Post did not succeed in his bid. A few years ago, Slater's father, Charles Fessenden, was accused of enticement of a minor while acting as a substitute teacher in a high school in Alabama. His case was referred to a Grand Jury for indictment, but the jury returned a "no bill." One wonders what phone calls were made, and how much money exchanged hands to silence the alleged victim and any witnesses. The criminal justice system that befouls the city of Columbus, Georgia is criminal indeed. It is a nest of writhing, biting vipers that preys upon the hapless victims that venture into its territory. If one is not wealthy or politically connected...woe be unto you. You will be smitten, bitten, devoured alive...