Maxwell to McCarty: ‘Show me the receipt and I’ll drop election lawsuit’

Fayette County Commissioner-elect Allen McCarty (L) and current Commissioner Eric Maxwell (R).

Defeated commissioner challenges winner McCarty to prove past due 2003 state tax bill has been paid

If commissioner-elect Allen McCarty will come forward with paperwork proving he has paid off a past due state sales tax bill dating back to 2003, current Commissioner Eric Maxwell said he would dismiss his lawsuit seeking to disqualify McCarty from taking office.

Maxwell — who was defeated by McCarty in the July Republican Primary — filed the suit last week, claiming that McCarty owed $3,398.75 in sales taxes from 2003 that resulted in the state of Georgia filing a tax execution in 2009 because the debt went unpaid, piling on interest that sent the figure soaring to $8,950 as of February 2009.

McCarty claims he has cancelled checks to prove that he has paid the tax in full, explaining that the debt stemmed from his purchase of a motor home in Nevada a number of years ago. McCarty has not yet provided copies of those checks to The Citizen although he said last week that he would do so.

McCarty also said he was unaware at the time he bought the motor home that he would owe the sales tax, and although he protested the tax he ultimately paid it.

“Oh, that was taken care of months and months ago,” McCarty said last week. “... They removed the liens from the property, which means it was paid, and they should have been smart enough to check that,” McCarty said.

McCarty bested Maxwell with 7,544 votes to Maxwell’s 6,346 in the Republican primary.

The timing of McCarty’s payment is key to the lawsuit, because Maxwell contends if McCarty owed the state any money when he filed paperwork declaring his candidacy, he should be disqualified from taking office.

Maxwell’s suit contends that the unpaid tax debt rendered McCarty “the illegal holder of public funds payable to the state of Georgia” which in turn would make him unqualified to hold public office. Maxwell also alleges that McCarty committed a felony violation of false swearing on two occasions: when he qualified for office and when he declared his candidacy with an affidavit under oath or affirmation, both in May.

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23 before senior Superior Court Judge Byron Smith.

Maxwell said if the judge rules in his favor, the most likely outcome will be a new election. At this time, Maxwell said he does not plan on running again for the seat.

“I understand the voters voted me out of office,” Maxwell said.

So why even file the suit? Maxwell replied that as commissioner, McCarty will have a hand in the county’s annual $75 million budget, “so somebody has to ask the question, ... if he doesn’t mind the store and was asleep at the wheel in his own personal life, is he going to do that with the county?”

McCarty is chalking the lawsuit up as retribution for his support of an initiative to halt construction of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

“Not to mention that I beat him in the election, which I’m sure didn’t sit well,” McCarty said.

Maxwell is asking the Fayette County Superior Court to rule McCarty an unqualified candidate, which could result in Maxwell reclaiming his seat, as he was the only other qualified candidate on the ballot in the July primary for the Post 5 seat.

In the alternative Maxwell is asking the court to declare the victor of the election the person who got the most write-in votes in the November election.

There were 549 write-in votes submitted via electronic polling machines in that race, and elections officials will have to comb through another 2,002 paper ballots to determine who got the most write-in votes, said Fayette County Elections Supervisor Tom Sawyer.

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cowbelle, RWM, and cogitoergofay

You are all wrong!

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Maxwell Drops Lawsuit--John Munford MIA

Scooping the Citizen, the Fayette Daily News has reported that Eric Maxwell has dropped his lawsuit against commissioner-elect McCarty. Mr. Maxwell will be eating crow at Melears from 2 to 4 on Wednesday. Tickets should be booked in advance.

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Suitable punishment for Maxwell is Melears

If you are going to file a complaint like he did, at least stick behind it and point out how the lien wasn't cleared by FC at the time Maxwell filed his complaint, blah blah blah. Instead, it was a waste of time and did nothing for either McCarty or Maxwell or FC. Go eat some Melear's now, Eric! MMMMMM...that's some good slop, huh? I agree that crow would be better than anything on the menu. So would wallpaper paste.

I hope McCarty is a LOT better steward of the the FC budget than his own finances since the RV is only one of 3 separate liens that have been filed against him in the past few years. REAL promising there!

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Melears?

Isn't this place somewhat comparable to a former Governor of GAs place who carried an ax handle at the door of his restaurant?
Some, but not much progress has been made since then.
Alike people only eat there?

Poisonous (to the health) sauce 'mixture' over 2/3 fat with greasy bread and raw cabbage! Tea with 1/2 pound of sugar.

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Maxwell at Melear's

C'mon----Maxwell got pounded in the election. That's punishment enough.

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Ninja Guy - Thanks

Thanks for keeping us up to speed. I would even eat Malears BBQ to see Maxwell pay his dues on this one. I wonder what brought about the change of heart (position)?

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MajorMike

Do you not understand that McCarty did NOT pay his taxes on time to qualify?
Maxwell did him a great favor!

It is sheer Atlanta heritage that thinks like you!

You would rather have a felon than Maxwell, I take it.
Do you suppose the DA will bring charges for false.....Oh, forget it.

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Wait ! Ballard is Maxwell's boy

Wait ! Ballard is Maxwell's boy and he wouldn't bring any charges? Good friends--- Maxwell was his campaign manager. That absence of prosecution speaks volumes Monkey$Bonko !!!

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MajorMike, Change Of Heart?

He didn't have a case. McCarty's attorney proved to Maxwell that he didn't have a case. McCarty knew that he was innocent and that is the reason he didn't get all bent out of shape about it.

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Ninja & Maxwell Eating Crow at Melears

Based on my experience, Crow will be better than anything else on the menu!
BTW, based on personal experience, crow is always best if eaten warm!

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Maxwell's gonna get spanked for defamation

Can you imagine how many attorneys are frothing at the mouth to sue a former politician?

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Extra, Extra Read All About It

McCarty is holding a press conference in his RV immediately following the hearing. It will be in the Justice Center parking lot and it has Florida plates on it.

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Mr Maxwell a current

Mr Maxwell a current commisioner, knows exactly when property taxes are due as he is the one spending that money as it comes in as part of his job.
on the other hand Mr McCarty just purchased a vehicle , and NOT being a car dealer, was not aware that sales tax would be due, and at the time he nor the ga dept of revenue would of been aware of balance being due, as it would take 2-3 years for the DOR would notify the taxpayer of a balance being due, thats why DOR has since change the way they do this and you are required to pay sales tax before a tag is issued. FYI you are only required to sales tax on a vehicle purchased from an individual that has it registered to a businessinstead of thier personal name. If you go to another state and purchase one from a dealer ship you would have to pay that states sales tax or exempt it and pay ga sales tax, if you do pay the other states sales tax GA will give you credit for some of that, but in a normal dealership transaction it is the dealerships responsibility to collect and remit sales tax. This is definatly somthing the average Joe is not aware of , and could happen to anyone, and make it to the lien status before you are made aware of it, and the only way you would be aware is if you checked your credit report or tried to borrow money.

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Ignorance is an excuse?

"This is definatly somthing the average Joe is not aware of , and could happen to anyone, and make it to the lien status before you are made aware of it, and the only way you would be aware is if you checked your credit report or tried to borrow money."

If Mr. McCarty is just an "average Joe" do you really want him in charge of a multi-million dollar budget? You've gone in to great detail explaining how this could "just happen" to someone without their knowledge. If someone proposes to be qualified for public office, shouldn't they be on top of these matters well before they run and not just when they have to address them? Who knows, maybe the county will be o.k. with "average Joe" running things.

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I am beginning to think the 'average Joe' doesn't care

when you tell them the bypass is going to block them in on 74, yet they sit there every work day waiting to get on I85, watching the traffic off Oakley Industrial bottle necking it and they still don't get it..why bother any more?

The truth is that the average Fayette county worker is spending all their time running up and down the road to work and going no where. They are paying taxes they never stop to question. Sitting in backed up traffic and paying for a bypass that will further keep them from getting of I85 off 74 in the mornings. There is an old say' you can lead the horse to water but you can't make it drink.'

That is how I feel, I'm tired of trying to wake Fayette county working class up to the corruption and that they are paying for it.

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Actually suggarfoot

The 'average Joe' knows there are more ways to I-85 then the way you go, several in fact, and believe it or not, a lot of them don't involve getting on at the 74 ramp.

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Maxwell to McCarty

Just following in the footsteps of politicans before him..

Heck even at the federal label we see losers who can't pay their taxes, but demand we do on time.

In the end, its more and more chosing the lesser of two evils at times.

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Getting a little "old"

It is no excuse to plead "fairness" when violating the law just because someone else got away with it and you got caught!

Bet you would like a welfare check!

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Does Huck Finn work with Tom Sawyer?

Why is it that everyone who writes up this qualifications for office stuff neglect to say that the tax would have needed to be paid by a deadline? Having possibly paid it after the deadline does not make him eligible.

Maybe Injun Joe knows? Intent has nothing to do with it--what happens happened.

lady1414 is promoting the hearing, she says, and is so excited that she can hardly control her emotions!!!!

Now as to how many of these people are crooks (Maxwell owning land in a good spot, for instance,) I am not surprised if he does, but so far in Fayette politics all of the judges have sexual peccadilloes; all of the officials smoke weed or love developers; and the sheriff's department ignores the peccadilloes !

Just like it was in the old days when the main highway to the south went through Fayette County, no budget was needed for any of the police departments! In addition to boot-legger's pay-offs, also.

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You Can View it All Next Tuesday at 10AM

Yes, it's going to court, and you can see it all. As I see it, Commissioner Maxwell has made a very serious charge in implying that his opponent McCarty is a felon. One thing is sure...one person will come out of the fray smelling like a rose, and the other, a skunk. The problem is, even if McCarty pulls out his receipts, how could he ever rid himself of the black cloud placed upon him by his opponent? Even tax records are not always 100% accurate, so the possibility exists that the payment records were not up to date. Anyway, it's my guess that McCarty will be bringing more than his attorney to court.

Hopefully, lots of people will show up and later post comments in the Citizen. It's too early now to predict who deserves to be tarred and feathered, but that subject should provoke lots of conversation over the weekend.

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Today is the big day for the felon. which one will it be?

The tax cheat or the mudslinging commissioner? I am sure there will be some familiar faces in the back row watching this circus. Can't wait for the breaking news. Who will it be? Can Munford beat Brown to his laptop? Will Nelms make a surprise appearance? Will Cal himself show up?

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Thanks, DeadGuy, for the

Thanks, DeadGuy, for the reminder. I had forgotten about the excitement. I look for judge to punt it off the calendar and decide it later.

I noticed you deleted a reference to "the "80's" in your on-line signature? What gives ? The '80s had decent music, good economic times and no war/protesting like the '60s.

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Punting is always a good thing if you like delay

But I don't think they can do that with this. Delay allows the felon to be sworn in and then you'd have a hard time getting rid of him assuming the charges are true.

About the 1980's - I agree. In fact, the '80's were much better than the '60's because by the '80's I was well past my immature liberal phase and completely into adulthood with job, income, house, taxes and investments. As a general rule of thumb, those who remain liberal after age 29 (at the very most) are useless as producers and voters. They do make good college professors and mediocre politicians. Thank God the liberals of all ages only number 20% of the population and mostly live in the corners of the country near the oceans.

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I'll bring the pitchforks and torches

Why not tar and feather BOTH of them? I don't think either will look good afterward, it just might be a matter of who looks "less bad."

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Maxwell: Show Us th 43 acres you own along Phase 3 WFB

No show then you must step down now.Recuse youreslf from previos WGB vote. We have the sources amnd proof. see www.SPOLSTPOLL.com

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salvo10

When you have 7 typos in a 2 sentence post, including a misspelled link, I don't think you should be demanding anything from anyone. Good grief. Oh, by the way, the Maxwell Redwine rd. property is showing paid up taxes this morning on the county web site. Dated yesteday.

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Is it just me or does Eric Maxwell

own almost 40 acres 3/10 of a mile from the by pass at Harp Rd? when I went to fayette county ais maps and put in his name, it came up with 2 tracts of land. One was 9.9 acres on Redwine rd, 3/10 of a mile from Harp Rd where the bypass is/or is suppose to be? Then he owns 27 acres that is directly in back of it, accessed throught 9.9 front acres. The address would make anyone green with envy. It is next to Whitwater etc. All the high dollar PTC areas. Yet it is closer to the bypass 3/10 of a mile than they are. I bet a developer would pay a pretty penny for that.

Mr Maxwell, if there is any votes on the bypasses...I do hope you excuse yourself. To me this is a real conflict of interest.

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Right now, selling land

is almost impossible.

You might be able to find someone who would take the deed, provided it wasn't encumbered.

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THAT IS IN NO WAY THE POINT!!!!

AND YOU KNOW IT...ANYONE THAT CARES TO....LOOK AT THE MAP. 3/10 OF A MILE TO THE BYPASS....HOW INTERESTING...

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almost 40 acres between Harp rd and Highgrove

on Redwine Rd...What do you want? a blue print? People in glass houses...should pull the blinds!

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Loser

and tax delinquent. And attorney. Nice. Complete package, I say.

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Yeah, good ole Eric. Slopped

Yeah, good ole Eric. Slopped his way through a legal practice and now he is a laughable hypocrite complaining about somebody else not paying taxes and he hasn't paid his own.

Very funny, Crazy.

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Maxwell's taxes

Since the due date was this Monday two days ago, it may not have been recorded yet or his mortgage company pays it and they aren't on top of it.
Not excusing Maxwell for anything at all, but there's a huge difference between a couple of days and 7 years, and McCarty had a couple of other past due tax bills that the state also had to place liens on him before he would pay. What a fiasco.

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Tax commisioner would have

Tax commisioner would have posted the postmark date as the date recieved no matter when it was processed not 11/17/10

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Clearly, NUK, your defense

Clearly, NUK, your defense and justification for Mr. Maxwell are consistent with your previous posts. Your bias shows. That's the problem with politicians and the sycophants that follow them blindly. Perhaps Mr. McCarty is in error. But for Mr. Maxwell to accuse Mr. McCarty of a crime in not paying his taxes while Mr. Maxwell's own taxes go unpaid is inexcusable and hypocritical. You seem to suffer from the same double standard.

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cogitoergofayer

I wrote you a comment on this once, Apparently you don't pay any attention to acts!
INCOME TAXES DELAYED FOR MANY REASONS IS NOT THE SAME AS SALES AND WITHHOLDING TAXES NOT PAID AT ALL UNTIL YOU HAVE TO DO SO!
PUNISHMENT IS ALL THAT KEEPS THEM BEING PAID BY MOST!

One doesn't have pay income taxes before they are past due to qualify for an office.

Don't make excuses for such conduct simply due to his opponent.

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Defense of Maxwell? LOL

Let's see....I've called him a "jerk" a "loser" a "bum" "sorry voting record" "friend of Susan Brown" and said he totally "deserved to lose" and that I wrote in cyclist instead of voting for either Maxwell or McCarty. Yeah, I'm REAL biased for Maxwell. Can you crazies even pay the smallest bit of attention? 7 years vs. 2 days(MAYBE). Don't think FC is going to place a lien on Maxwell for 2 days, assuming he didn't pay. Meanwhile, McCarty has 3 liens on him, 2 of which were old to go along with the 7 year one. Yeah, there's a real difference but I can tell that as long as McCarty is anti-WFB, it's all A-OK.

To say it again for about the 1000th time, it's a real shame the only choice voters had were these two clowns. There was no way I was going to cast a vote for either and if someone thinks that writing in a personality from here is a wast of time, so be it.

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Then I stand corrected

Then I stand corrected NUK....My point was that this entire story is reminiscent of the Governor's race. Each candidate proved himself unworthy of the position. Mr. Maxwell has done the same here. I am simply unwilling to accept this tactic from any candidate, regardless of their political party, position or policies. Filing the lawsuit was outrageous to begin with, made even more so by the fact that he has not paid his own taxes. I will apologize for wrongly labelling you as his supporter.

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No cogitoergofay, you don't stand corrected, you stand the

the hypocrite you claim others to be. Look at the lawsuits you've been behind that cost the tax payers so much money!

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No problem

Though you did bring up some more painful moments in recent elections when you mentioned the GA Gov's race. Deal? Barnes? Double UGH!!!

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NUK

What do you suppose this Deal fellow will do with the half billion dollar debt Georgia currently owes to Washington. D.C. (us)?

Sonny kept getting it and kept it quiet. (He was a wonderful Governor).
I don't think Deal can do that. He does have experience with bankruptcy however. Sonny doesn't have that problem---he owns grain elevators, trucking companies, etc., that he set up while Governor. Fine Governor.

The high interest starts soon on that debt and it can go as high as 1-2 billion in a year or so.
Even more if people aren't working by then.

Since the TEAS and the Libertarians and the real republicans are against such loans from Washington, wouldn't the thing to do be to stop paying out of work people the weekly sustenance?
They are again it aren't they?

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My Two Cents worth

Between the four running there was simply no choice. A failed mayor with a clone so as to enter with a voting block and two incumbents who most in Fayette County simply did not trust. Perhaps Maxwell is right in alledging Mr McCarty was, in fact, unqualified at the time specified. If so, Fayette county would have the opportunity to hopefully elect someone without a cloud hanging over them and reducing the Brown Clown's vote control within the commission to one vote.

Surely, we do not want the same 3-2 voting block at the County Commission that exists today in Peachtree City.

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Eric Maxwell should spend more time worrying about himself..

based on fayette county tax commisioners website he forgot to pay his own property tax!

http://www.fayettecountytaxcomm.com/PropertyTaxBillDetails.aspx?taxYear=...

check it out

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Lien against McCarty Paid

Liens are public record and I called georgia dept of Revenue to verify Cancelation. This was Paid off on May 5th 2010. You would think any Lawyer would Check the facts before Filing any Lawsuit.

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crazy

Qualifying dates are imporant!
You can't return money you robbed to a bank and say it didn't happen!

He was not qualified!

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You Mean any "Competent" liar

Yes a competent lawyer/liar would do their homework.

Now McCarty should file a frivolous lawsuit charge against maxwell.

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Lien paid off after qualifying ended...

.........on April 30th. Like i said before, read the lawsuit, especially the part about "at the qualifying deadline." This could come down to the Judge determining whether McCarty paid before April 30th or afterward and what that actually means in regards to whether McCarty was eligible to run or not.

Is Maxwell being petty? YES.
Is McCarty a moron for not paying off his tax bill for 7 years and avoiding thousands in penalties/interest as well as this lawsuit? YES.
Is this what you expect from Fayette County pols these days? YES.

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I don't know if the date

I don't know if the date given was processed date or postmarked date, but he obviously cut it very close.

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Predictions and Intimidation

I predict that McCarty is going to wait it out. Maxwell might be able to intimidate some of the people some of the time but he can't intimidate all of the people all of the time.

As I said before, "Wonder what might be lurking in Maxwell's closet?"

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Wow. Do I look stupid or what.

I said over and over that Maxwell was after McCarty because he wanted to block the possibility of Brown geting elected County Commission Chair since McCarty is a Brown supporter.

So, I'm wrong. All McCarty has to do is produce a recipt and the whole thing goes away. If that happens - fine. Not sure why it was an issue at all.

Sorry that I assumed it was something sinister - unless we don't see a recipt or see something else. Stay tuned. I don't think this is over.

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Maxwell: "Show me receipt and

Maxwell: "Show me receipt and I will have to defend defamation lawsuit."

Regrettably, Mr. Maxwell's precipitous suit may have committed the tort of defamation per se---- the accusation that Mr. McCarty committed a crime. The news stories coupled with the suit waive any privilege available and since defamation is presumed (i.e., a crime) Mr. McCarty would be automatically awarded a dollar and be permitted to seek attorney fees and punitive damages. Not well thought out.

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Good thing you used the word 'may' in your proclamation.

As a matter of law Maxwell could easily argue that his research of the Fayette County tax records, available to the public via the WEB, doesn't reflect a payment was received by Fayette County. Mr. Maxwell could thereby 'reasonably assume' something was amiss with the tax payment.

The blame rests solely with the county for not providing accurate records to the public at large or Fayette County willfully withheld such information or Mr. McCarty simply didn't make the tax payments he obviously knew he was obligated to make.

As per the article; “McCarty claims he has cancelled checks to prove that he has paid the tax in full”.

Again, as per the article; “McCarty has not yet provided copies of those checks to The Citizen although he said last week that he would do so.”

The burden of proof lies with Mr. McCarty and/or Fayette County, not Mr. Maxwell.

So far is looks like Mr. McCarty’s argument doesn’t pass the smell test.

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Sure, he knows there is no receipt.

It is very easy to check and if McCarty does produce one - Eric really looks like a fool. I'm guessing Eric is just giving our new commissioner enough rope to hang himself. Should be interesting.

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Funny, Mud

We will see who is hanging next Tuesday!

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McCarty.....busted

First it was "I'll give you a receipt....uh, maybe not." Now, it's "I have canceled checks." Right.

When the tax bill is about 7 years old and was unpaid until what McCarty claims was "months and months ago," I have a strong feeling that there isn't going to be any receipt or canceled check produced that backs up McCarty's claim to The Citizen. Maybe he paid and maybe he didn't before he qualified for office, but to let it go for 7 years and accrue more in penalties and interest than the original tax bill definitely makes it appear like McCarty has been busted.

I think Maxwell likely knew the tax bill was unpaid at the time McCarty qualified and he just waited to pull this out after the election. He's a very connected attorney in FC and I think he probably verified before any lawsuit filing that the tax bill was unpaid. Notice the "at the time of qualifying" in that lawsuit?

Best outcome is a new election with neither of them running. Maxwell says he's not interested and if Maxwell's claims are true, McCarty has buried himself. Of course, the anti-everything and anti-WFB would vote for a pedophile if they were strongly against the WFB, so he might win even then.

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Political Test for new Judge Crawford?

Political Test for new Judge Crawford? This case was assigned to newly appointed Mack Crawford whose only apparent qualification to office was his relationship to the Governor. Now this case (which is reportedly scheduled for a hearing next Tuesday) poses an interesting set of political questions.

Let's assume NUK's analysis on the facts is correct and that Mr. McCarty has not in fact paid this bill. (In that case Mr. Maxwell need no longer be concerned about defamation per se). Let us assume further that there is a legal basis to invalidate the election results favoring McCarty.

Would you want this dilemma if you were Judge Crawford? A ruling for Mr. Maxwell (even though legally correct) might run contrary to the majority of Fayette Countians' wishes and jeopardize Judge Crawford in his re-election in this county to which he is a newcomer.

Assume that Mr. McCarty is correct. Does Judge Crawford run an equal political risk in alienating long time resident Eric Maxwell, former close friend of Judge Johnnie Caldwell?

Perhaps Judge Crawford will do what our judges do with increasing frequency--- avoid the case by "recusing" himself, thus costing more Fayette County tax dollars to pay for a retired judge, looking for part-time work and elected by no one.

This will be interesting.

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Isn't the Judge Byron Smith, not Mack Crawford?

The articles states the hearing is before Judge Byron Smith or am I missing something obvious here?

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So maybe Eric can keep him out for good

That would certainly accomplish the misson of keeping Brown out of the chairman's spot but you have to wonder who we would get instead of McCarty. The leading write-in vote-getter should be easy to find by going through the write-in votes. Hope they do that before the judge decides.

Actually that presents an interesting question. Is the identity of the top write-in candidate germane to the resolution of Eric's lawsuit? Or can the judge just decide to give it to whoever it is and then find out later? Looks like some fertile ground for appeal after appeal no matter what happens. We might have only 4 commissioners for a long time. Or maybe Eric stays until this thing gets settled and his replacement is named. Wow.

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Maybe you can explain what the mystery is as to whether the tax was paid on this transaction?
No receipt should be needed.
If city hall doesn't know whether the tax has been paid or not, then it hasn't been paid!

This bugaboo mess is very similar to Congressman Charlie Rangel's mess in Washington, D. C ., not to insinuate that the two men are similar!

It is a well known fact that the collection of sales and income and withholding taxes in the USA is only 75-80% efficient due mainly to those who skirt the loopholes, pay off record, make sales for cash and no register, claim deductions that don't exist, etc.

"Knife traders" who make a living at such things have been known to exist, especially in the south, ever since those laws were made. Same with bootleg whiskey and now cigarettes.

The most pious, religious, pretender that any church has, participates in these things as often as they are able to do so. They ignore "give to Caesar what is Caesars," and then claim they give it all to God (or Eddie Long).

I wish the city hall would simply say that he paid the tax, or that he didn't!
That situation of them being silent is another "crooked" action used quite often.
Similar to Sheriff deputy's tapes disappearing, and no incident or law violation occurred.

Folks, there simply isn't anything wrong with that!!!! Look at all the people getting food stamps who don't need them!

Also, it must be said that many "churches," aren't churches, but just a way to avoid paying billions of taxes, in addition to members claiming that as a deduction---and more!

If we just collected it all, the government would be very rich!

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