Last week’s news on the Georgia Supreme Court decision dismissing the first indictment of Dwight Brown for his alleged criminal acts at Cobb EMC continues to create great frustration and disappointment for its more than 177,000 member owners.
Brown’s actions have already caused the EMC to incur costs likely well in excess of $60 million just to regain control of the organization and wind down its frivolous operations. The forensic audit is still in process and the total losses could easily exceed $100 million. This loss is directly felt by the member owners, whose costs of service now cannot be offset, and additional operating funds must be borrowed as interest rates begin to rise.
Fortunately, the Cobb Judicial Circuit became aware of the flaw affecting the first grand jury indictment of Dwight Brown and was able to present the case for indictment a second time to a grand jury. This extraordinary step speaks to the strong sense of duty of both the then-district attorney, and the clear nature of the alleged criminal acts, as seen again by the second grand jury.
In the MDJ article Sept. 10 by Lindsay Field, our new Cobb district attorney, Vic Reynolds, was asked his opinion of the case. He stated that while his office is currently gaining an understanding of the case, it is his intent “to do what is right.”
We trust that Reynolds will see the depth of the offenses alleged in this case, the callous and arrogant actions of Dwight Brown, the extreme lengths taken in his defense (all at the expense of Cobb EMC’s insurance coverage, which was adopted during his tenure), and the plight of the EMC’s member owners — who have no real choice as to their electrical service provider.
Having Dwight Brown face a jury is clearly “what is right.” Since the legal process has dragged on now for over five years, some are beginning to wonder if our new district attorney is “really” committed to seeing justice done. Many Cobb EMC member owners supported Reynolds’ election in the belief he would pursue this case with the same level of commitment as former DA Pat Head.
However, Reynolds now talks about having the case reviewed from top to bottom and then making a determination. This is beginning to sound a bit like a man not fully committed to this case, and a potential lead-up to a great disappointment for all the 177,000 Cobb EMC members.
The MDJ article by Lindsay Field appears to open more questions, rather than provide any level of confidence to Cobb EMC owners.