Thanks to the intrepid reporters at the Albany Herald, former Albany DA Ken Hodges is “99% sure” he’ll run for Attorney General here in Georgia. Oh joy. I say this because Ken Hodges currently is under a lawsuit regarding the infamous “Phoebe Factoids” case. Mr. Hodges is currently implicated in a lawsuit by Mr. Charles Rehberg.
Mr. Rehberg alleges that Mr. Hodges targeted him for his part in the infamous “Phoebe Factoid” faxes that were sent out in 2003. In all honesty, this is unique in that most District Attorneys operate under a sort of immunity while in office except for specific things. One of those things is professional misconduct. Judge Louis Sands allowed it to continue.
For those who don’t know the allegations against Mr. Hodges, let me lay them out for you. In 2003, a set of anonymous faxes were made to businesses all over town called the “Phoebe Factoids”. These alleged various abuses by Phoebe Putney Hospital. Mr. Hodges allegedly used the power of his office to subpoena the BellSouth phone records, using specifically a 2003 grand jury, to uncover the originator of the factoids.
Now, using a grand jury to subpoena phone records is nothing new. But what’s really original is what Mr. Hodges allegedly did with those records. He is alleged to have handed them over to Phoebe. As Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” character would say, “isn’t that special?” And, say they say on commercials, “but wait, there’s more.”
Mr. Rehberg was then charged with 6 counts of harassing phone calls, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of burglary. Of course, since the supposed “harassing phone calls” were to businesses and the office of Congressman Sanford Bishop (who was supposedly “surprised” to find he was a victim) which can’t really receive harassing phone calls, and the home he was alleged to have broken into was a home he’s never been to (it was also the site of the alleged aggravated assault), all charges were dropped.
Now, Mr. Rehberg wants to clear his name. Ken Hodges, on the other hand, wants to move onto bigger and better things…like being able to do the same things at the state level? I mean, if he can’t accept Mr. Rehberg’s right to free speech here in the Dougherty County Judicial Circuit, then what will he do with the much larger state budget? Let’s hope we don’t find out.