Panel to weigh whether Brooks should be suspended

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jun 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-14 03:51:22-04

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal says he will appoint a panel Friday to decide whether indicted state Rep. Tyrone Brooks should immediately be suspended from office.


      Brooks, a Democrat from Atlanta, was indicted last month on federal charges of wire fraud, mail fraud and filing false tax returns. He has pleaded not guilty.


      The panel appointed by the governor will include Attorney General Sam Olens, a state senator and a state representative. If suspended, Brooks would still draw his salary but his seat would remain vacant until either the next election or the case is resolved in his favor.


      The governor said Thursday he's selecting individuals who will be open-minded, fair and able to remove political considerations from the decision. The panel does not have the power to remove Brooks from office.