Whenever an elected official is arrested, he or she should be held to the same standard as everyone else. In regard to the recent delay in state Rep. Ben Harbin's DUI case, he has not had his day in court. That also means that the citizens of Georgia have not had their day as well.
As a former member of SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), I am appalled that a judge has yet to rule on this case. Harbin's case has been postponed seven times. The people of Georgia are not being fairly represented, and it is Harbin who is the hindrance.
What is the point of belonging to such school clubs as SADD if we see that, if you are in a position of power and can get a slick lawyer, it doesn't matter if you drink and drive because you can act above the law?
If Harbin does not hold himself to the letter of the law, how can we expect him to draft bills which would crack down hard on criminals? He himself might be one, but he has not had his day in court to be found guilty or not.
His next trial date will be April 29 and I will do my best to have SADD and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) at the courthouse asking the judge to give the people of Georgia their day in court. Rep. Harbin, I ask you to lead by example. I am only grateful that nobody was following your lead when you crashed into the telephone pole.
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