Despite lawsuit, Gwinnett ethics board holds ‘racist pig’ hearing

UPDATE: The Gwinnett County ethics board has reached a decision on the ethics complaint against Commissioner Tommy Hunter — but isn’t announcing it yet. 

After the ethics board deliberated for about 45 minutes Wednesday, chairman David Will said the panel’s attorney will put its decision in writing. The board will then hold another meeting to announce its decision.

That meeting won’t happen Wednesday, Will said, but is likely to happen “soon.”

The ethics complaint against Hunter was filed Feb. 6, about three weeks after the commissioner’s Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. John Lewis a “racist pig” was first reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The complaint argues that that Facebook post, which also referred to Democrats as “Demonrats” and a “bunch of idiots,” and several others violate tenets of the county’s 2011 ethics ordinance. 

ORIGINAL STORY: The new attorney for embattled Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter has filed legal documents requesting the ethics hearing against Hunter be stopped — and that the ethics board be deemed unconstitutional.

The ethics board, however, held its hearing anyway.

Hunter had declined to participate in the ethics process whatsoever until Tuesday afternoon, when he hired attorney Dwight Thomas to represent him before the ethics board. Thomas — who recently won a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of DeKalb County’s ethics board — quickly asked for a continuance.

Ethics board chairman David Will told Thomas on Tuesday that his entire board would have to consider the proposal at Wednesday morning’s hearing, which had been scheduled for nearly three weeks.

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