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City of Alpharetta, GA impeaches council member for misconduct

Clients City of Alpharetta, Georgia

Jones Day represented the City of Alpharetta as special prosecutors in this high profile matter to bring impeachment proceedings against City Council Member R.J. Kurey for misconduct in office. Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr (who helped lead the Clinton impeachment efforts) represented Kurey. After a four-month investigation, two public hearings, a documented instance of attempted witness intimidation by Kurey, and an unsuccessful lawsuit to stop the removal proceedings, the City Council removed Kurey from office in August, 2005. Kurey appealed that decision to the Superior Court of Fulton County, in what would have been a "de novo" trial in that court. On November 30, 2005, Kurey dismissed his appeal, two months before trial and after several adverse pre-trial rulings, including an order compelling Kurey to produce his computer hard drive to the City. The Atlanta Journal Constitution gave extensive coverage, and reported that this was only the second time in Georgia history that a municipality had impeached an elected official and survived legal challenge. The Editorial Board of the paper called for Kurey's resignation based on the 25 page report of grounds for impeachment presented by David at public hearing.

City of Alpharetta, Georgia v. R. J. Kurey, No. 2005-CV-99205, Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia

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