Georgia Supreme Court Accepts Voluntary Law License Surrender by 2 Former District Attorneys

The Supreme Court of Georgia recently accepted the voluntarily surrender of law licenses for two past district attorneys.

The acceptance by the state’s high court concludes the practice of law in the State of Georgia by both former District Attorney Dick Donovan and former District Attorney Mark Jones of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit.

Then-Paulding County District Attorney Dick Donovan was indicted by a grand jury in February 2021 on felony charges of Bribery, False Swearing, (two counts) and Violation of Oath by Public Officer. Governor Kemp suspended him from office, pending the outcome of the matter, and Donovan entered a guilty plea in

Jones was indicted in September 2021 on a number of felony charges, including 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. All of the acts were purported to have occurred during the time Jones was serving in public office.

He accepted a plea deal in the middle of his trial and was subsequently sentenced to serve time behind bars. The counts Jones entered a guilty plea on included:

  1. Influencing witnesses by telling a police detective to lie under oath. 
  2. Attempted violation of an oath of office, by trying to get an assistant district attorney to accept $1,000. 
  3. Attempted violation of an oath of office, by trying to get an assistant district attorney to accept $1,000. 
  4. Violating his oath by not assisting the nephew of a homicide victim in navigating the court system.

Jones also agreed to surrender her bar license and is barred from practicing law and serving in elected office.

The briefs for both Donovan and Jones are below.

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. 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 and co-creator of of the Peabody Award-nominated podcast 'Prison Town.'

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