Lawyer: FBI asked for financial records related to judge


JASPER, Ga. (AP) — A lawyer who had been jailed along with his client in an open records dispute says federal investigators asked him for court financial records he had obtained.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/2agIfLM ) that lawyer Russell Stookey said the FBI asked him and his client, Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason, for records they had gotten.

The two were indicted June 24 on identity theft and attempt to commit identity theft charges stemming from subpoenas they issued. The indictment also accused Thomason of making a false statement in an Open Records Act request. A judge dismissed the charges Monday.

The case stems from a legal battle with a court reporter and the payment of the reporter’s legal bills from a judge’s operating account.

The Fannin County attorney told WSB-TV she was asked to provide copies of county checks to the FBI.

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