Georgia Lawmaker Indicted

Posted at 4:31 AM, Jun 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-20 00:33:48-04

ATLANTA (AP) - A panel appointed by Georgia's governor to determine whether an indicted state lawmaker should be suspended will meet next week.

The panel will meet June 28 to review charges against Rep. Tyrone Brooks, an Atlanta Democrat. The hearing is open to the public.

Brooks was charged last month in a 30-count federal indictment with mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. He has pleaded not guilty.

Gov. Nathan Deal last week appointed the Democratic minority leaders of the House and Senate, Rep. Stacey Abrams and Sen. Steve Henson, to the panel. By law, the panel also includes Attorney General Sam Olens, a Republican.

The panel has to consider whether the indictment relates to Brooks' public office and whether it adversely affects the public.