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03 November 2005

When will David Graves resign from office?

State Rep. David Graves was convicted late Wednesday of a drunk driving charge that he had argued should not have been brought because of legislative privilege.

After hearing testimony from the arresting officer and seeing a videotape of Graves' Feb. 15 arrest, [Cobb State Court Judge Irma B.]Glover said she came to the "inescapable conclusion that the state had proven its case."

Read the AJC article "Lawmaker found guilty of DUI"

Here's what Georgia law states:

Persons who have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude, unless that person’s civil rights have been restored and at least 10 years have elapsed from the date of the completion of the sentence without a subsequent conviction of another felony involving moral turpitude are disqualified from holding elective office in the state of Georgia. (Source: page 117 of "Qualifications and Disqualifications for Holding State or County Elective Office in Georgia")

Now I don't know if DUI is a felony, but I personally believe that DUI is moral turpitude because drunk drivers have killed many an innocent person.

Once again, I ask David Graves to do the honorable thing and resign from the Georgia House of Representatives.