Top Republican Accused of Using Office Nefariously

An influential Georgia politician is accused of using the power of his office to delay court cases for criminal defendants he has represented as an attorney.

House Speaker David Ralston, a Republican, asked judges to delay court cases 57 times over a two-year period, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV concluded in a joint investigation.

Some of the charges against Ralston’s clients included child molestation, child cruelty and assault, The newspaper reported. The proceedings for one client charged with driving under the influence have been postponed for over a decade, while another person, accused of enticing a child for indecent purposes, has avoided trial since 2009.

According to Georgia law, judges must reschedule cases that interfere with the legislative responsibilities of attorneys who are also politicians.