District Attorney in Columbus Suspended by Governor Kemp

Governor Brian Kemp announced Monday that he has suspended District Attorney Mark Jones from his post in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.

The Georgia Attorney General’s Office announced on September 7 Chattahoochee Circuit District Attorney Mark Preston Jones had been indicted on charges of 2 counts of Influencing Witnesses, 2 Counts of Bribery, 2 counts of Violation of Oath by Public Officer, 2 counts of Attempted Violation of Oath by Public Officer, and 1 count of Attempted Subornation of Perjury.

As alleged in the indictment, these charges are all alleged to have occurred in the course of Mark Preston Jones’ employment as the District Attorney.

Kemp appointed a committee of three last month to decide if the charges would adversely impact the administration of justice while the case is resolved. That panel, comprised of a former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court and two other district attorneys in Georgia, found that it did.

The suspension is effective immediately.

Below is a copy of the Executive Order.

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter:

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