Pro wrapped up in Abernathy scandal

ATLANTA: A former PR consultant for Ralph David Abernathy III, the former state Senator whose father headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference following Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, has become involved in what one onlooker described as a ’political witch-hunt.’

ATLANTA: A former PR consultant for Ralph David Abernathy III, the former state Senator whose father headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference following Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, has become involved in what one onlooker described as a ’political witch-hunt.’

ATLANTA: A former PR consultant for Ralph David Abernathy III, the

former state Senator whose father headed the Southern Christian

Leadership Conference following Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, has

become involved in what one onlooker described as a ’political

witch-hunt.’



According to an October 1 Gannett News Service article, PR consultant

Zee Bradford secretly recorded a conversation with Abernathy at the

request of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In the recording,

Abernathy asks Bradford to lie and say she had received dollars 2,700

from him for PR services while he was in the legislature.



Bradford could not be reached for comment.



Abernathy was also accused of forging names on expense reports and

wrongly keeping money while in office. He countered that he was being

targeted for political reasons, and the eventual result was a

mistrial.



’The jury agreed that the recording was not indicative of guilt,’ said

defense attorney Jeffrey Rothman. ’He was telling her to lie to the

press so they would leave her alone.’



’It’s very hard to believe there was any problem with proof,’ responded

Daryl Robinson, deputy counsel to Attorney General Thurbert Baker. ’We

had strong evidence for the first trial, and we’ll have strong evidence

again. They can put any spin on it they like, but it’s not what the

evidence played out at court showed.’ Robinson said that there will be a

retrial, although a date has not yet been set.



In addition to the dollars 2,700, Abernathy is accused of cheating the

state out of more than dollars 13,000 in Senate expense money. Abernathy

was also fined two years ago for trying to smuggle marijuana through the

Atlanta airport.



He was also denied the chance to seek re-election to the state Senate

when a check for his dollars 400 qualifying fee bounced last year



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