Cobb EMC members want justice done
September 16, 2013 10:42 PM | 2073 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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.

Grover Paulsen


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More Frustrated
September 17, 2013
What Dwight Brown and his cronies who were then on the Cobb EMC Board did to the EMC and its members was wholesale robbery. For this to go unprosecuted would be a travesty of the judicial system. When the state Supreme Court ruled to throw out the first set of indictments it was based on a technicality only. It said nothing about the very serious charges themselves that the Grand Jury leveled against Brown. These charges need to be prosecuted. Justice demands it.
September 17, 2013
Bravo, Mr. Paulsen! You are right on point. We EMC Owners do indeed want justice. We expect Vic Reynolds to do what he promised. Many of us voters are getting nervous that he might not fulfill his pledge to prosecute Dwight Brown to the fullest extent of the law.

I would also think that the EMC Board is extremely concerned that Mr. Reynolds might want to reconsider his pledge to prosecute Brown. What does Reynolds mean when he says "do what is right"? Haven't 2 grand juries already indicted Brown, plus more?

Mr. Reynolds, I agree with Mr. Paulsen. We expect you to prosecute Brown as soon as legally possible!
Mark A. Hackett
September 17, 2013
Mr. Paulsen's letter is right on target! Justice demands the case against Dwight Brown go forward. It would send a terrible message to anyone contemplating white collar theft and fraud of a few million dollars if this case is dropped.
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