Panel votes to keep Tyrone Brooks in office



ATLANTA - A state panel decided not to suspend indicted state Rep. Tyrone Brooks.

Brooks is accused of taking money from a charity and a political organization for his personal use. He pleaded not guilty to 30 counts of wire, mail and tax fraud in May.

Under state law, Attorney General Sam Olens formed a three person panel to decide if Brooks should be suspended from elected office.

The panel, which included Olens, also included Democratic state Rep. Stacey Abrams and Democratic state Sen. Steven Henson met on Friday morning.

Gov. Nathan Deal's chief of staff told Channel 2 political reporter Lori Geary the decision was unanimous.

Stay with and Channel 2 Action News for updates on this developing story.

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