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24 May 2013

Facing More Legal Troubles, Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Vows to Finish Out His Term in Office

Septimana horribilis.

It's a Latin phrase, and it means "horrible week."

The last five days certainly qualifies as a septimana horribilis for Democratic Party of Georgia chairman Mike Berlon.

This week started with news that Mike Berlon had his law license suspended and received a reprimand from the state Supreme Court. Then came the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) report showing $30,734.18 cash on hand and $18,661.32 in debt for Georgia's Democratic Party. Now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reports Mike Berlon, chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, faces more legal troubles.

Mike Berlon was accused in a Gwinnett County lawsuit this week of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.

The Gwinnett lawsuit was filed this week by Raymond Hines, who hired Berlon to create a trust in his wife's name after her death in 2003. Hines and his son pumped $960,000 into the trust, they say, but they never heard back from Berlon when they repeatedly emailed and texted him wondering where they're money was.

Bluestein, Greg (23 May 2013). Top Democratic official in more legal hot water. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.

This particular AJC article came after a list of civil actions listing Mike Berlon as the defendant was published on Georgia Unfiltered.

In spite of his septimana horribilis, Democratic Party of Georgia chairman Mike Berlon said, "I'm doing the best job I can as chair of the Democratic Party, and my private practice has nothing to do with that. I still have two years on my term and I intend to serve it out."

There's an old saying that comes to mind.

You know what they call a leader with no followers? Just a guy taking a walk.

Mike Berlon is just a guy taking a walk. All alone.