Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First Slice 6/25/14: DeKalb Commissioner under fire for ties to South Carolina corruption case

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM

DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson
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  • DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson
DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson has reportedly made numerous calls to a South Carolina businessman currently on trial for the attempted bribery of an unnamed county official. Watson, who paid his phone bills using a county credit card, thus making those calls subject to an AJC open records request, denied involvement. Yet he used a black marker to hide calls made between him and the defendant, and refused to go into detail on why he hid those "personal" call records. The commissioner has been subpoenaed in the out-of-state corruption case.

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