clear
Monday May 25th, 2015 1:32AM

Judge holds off on decision to toss out Balfour case

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) A lawyer for indicted state Sen. Don Balfour is arguing the state's prosecution of his client is unconstitutional because it violates the concept of separation of powers and violates the exclusive authority of the Senate to discipline its members.

A lawyer for the state says that interpreting separation of powers and the authority of the Senate that way essentially implies that state legislators are above the law.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk heard the arguments Friday and said he'd have a decision later on Balfour's attempt to dismiss the indictment.

A grand jury in September indicted Balfour on felony charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing.

Trial is set to begin Dec. 16.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Ethics laws set to take effect Jan. 1 in Georgia
After dominating much of the legislative session, a set of major ethics reforms is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.
7:04PM ( 1 year ago )
Sex offender held in Hall County for failing to register
A 47-year-old man was booked into the Hall County Jail Tuesday, being held without bond for allegedly failing to register as a sex offender, his second such arrest.
6:09PM ( 1 year ago )
Pharmacy robberies may involve same suspect
Oakwood Police Tuesday afternoon released details in a pharmacy robbery they're investigating, similar to one that happened in the Hall County Tuesday morning.
5:46PM ( 1 year ago )
Local/State News
Dems, GOP seek to define issue for 2014 elections
Ten months to next year's midterm elections, Democrats are determined to make Congress' slim production of fewer than 60 laws and plenty of incompletes - on immigration, gun control, tax reform and basic spending bills - a defining issue, heaping much of the blame on the GOP-led House for obstructing President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.
1:38PM ( 1 year ago )
Kerry seeks framework for Mideast peace talks
A senior State Department official says Secretary of State John Kerry will try this week to get Israel and the Palestinians to agree on a framework for negotiating a final peace agreement, yet cautions against raising expectations for Kerry's latest round of shuttle diplomacy.
1:35PM ( 1 year ago )
Mexican sales tax hike seen as boon on US border
Mexican license plates are common in parking lots of shopping malls in U.S. border cities. They will be even more familiar after Mexico raises its federal sales tax in border regions to match the rest of the country, say merchants and shoppers.
11:06AM ( 1 year ago )
Politics
Author to sign new Cobb book at museum in Royston
Ty Cobb or the Georgia Peach has a posthumous legacy of having been a surly guy.
6:34PM ( 6 hours ago )
Body found in Chattahoochee River identified
Forsyth County authorities identified the body pulled from the Chattahoochee River late Saturday afternoon.
By Staff
5:13PM ( 8 hours ago )
Boat Sinks near Van Pugh Park
A boat sank near Van Pugh Park Sunday. 7 persons were on board. There were no injuries.
2:14PM ( 11 hours ago )
Winder police bust marijuana grow operation
A illegal marijuana grow operation was uncovered in Winder last Wednesday, leading to the arrests of five people.
6:58AM ( 18 hours ago )
History and Heritage at Ft. Hollingsworth
North Georgia's sunny sky and comfortable temperatures brought out the visitors Saturday to the 20th Annual 'Day at the Fort' at Fort Hollingsworth, nestled in the rolling Banks County countryside near Alto.
7:34PM ( 1 day ago )