Attorney General goes after Cumming mayor for violating open meetings law

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is suing the city of Cumming and Mayor H. Ford Gravitt for allegedly violating the state’s open meetings law, which allows citizens to record open meetings.

Olens’s suit,  filed Tuesday in Forsyth County Superior Court, states that, during an April 17 City Council meeting, Gravitt ordered Nydia Tisdale to stop videotaping a city council meeting and ordered her removed by force from chambers, along with her camera; when she returned and attempted to use her cell phone to record the meeting, she was told to stop recording.

Olens asks the court to impose fines in excess of $1,ooo for the alleged violations.

To see the Associated Press’s coverage of the lawsuit, click here.

For background on the case, see my previous post. Ms. Tisdale has posted a copy of the lawsuit on her website, which is endearingly named AboutForsyth.com: Investigating Corruption in Forsyth County, Georgia.

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