When I read to my wife the entry by naturegirl saying that I was “unprepared” and made “weak presentations” in court, she laughed and said, “Well, I guess you can’t stop people from making up stuff about you!” The writer claimed to have watched me lose two cases, a civil and a criminal case. Makes me wonder.
The last time I went to court unprepared, Judge Dan Winn chewed me out for ten minutes after court and that problem was solved right then. That was in the early 80s. The last time I made a “weak presentation” was also back in the early 80s, and Judge Robert J. Noland was so mad at me he wouldn’t even look at me for weeks after. That problem was solved, then and there. As a result I have a reputation as an aggressive lawyer.
I honestly don’t remember the last civil case I lost, except one about ten years ago, and that case was reversed on appeal. The last criminal case I lost was last Fall in Paulding County, when my client refused the offer made by the state to plead the case. I am bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct to do as my client instructs, so long as it’s not unprofessional, illegal or unethical. So we went to trial and lost. Happens not often but sometimes.
I agree with all who have entered posts suggesting that the District Attorney be chosen on the basis of experience, and not personality. The experience of all the candidates can likely be found on our websites, but as for me, what I bring to the race is this:
I was a crime scene technician with the Atlanta Police Department and worked during the year that Atlanta was the homicide capital of the world (more homicides per capita than any other place on earth). I then was a uniform officer and a detective with the East Point Police Department where I attended the National Death Investigation Seminar in Warrensburg, Missouri two years in a row (paying my own way the second year) and was trained as one of the very first intoximeter operators in the state of Georgia (the machine than assesses blood alcohol level by a breath sample) which meant forty hours of blood chemistry and machine operation practice, and then completed the FBI’s sex crimes investigation school.
I have five (5) years of solid management experience, as security manager for what would be, in today’s dollars, about a fifty- million-dollar-a-year retail operation, where I managed a staff of between 12 and 20, depending on the season, and was responsible for all areas of security, internal and external, audits, etc. In retail, allowable shrinkage is 1.0%. Of the probably 50 to 100 stores in the nine-state southeastern region, I had the best shrinkage of any for five years in a row, always less than 1.0%, and sometimes as low as 0.7%.
While doing that job for five years, in my spare time I attended law school for thirty-three months straight, passed the bar examination and graduated with honors.
Obviously, this entire post of mine is self-serving. But how could I justify asking people to vote for me as the best candidate if I don’t believe it myself? With my management experience, my law enforcement training and experience, and my more than thirty years of courtroom work in criminal cases, I think I am best qualified. I realize that there are those who wouldn’t vote for me even if their mothers endorsed me - but that’s what makes horse races - and elections for District Attorney.
And speaking of negative responses, when I ran four years ago Mr. Lane took me to task because I had at one time some tax liens filed against me. This is true and I wouldn’t deny it even if I thought I could. I am the only son of a widowed mother who retired on a disability pension when I was 22 years old. I had no family help pay for law school or to help me to get a law practice established. I didn’t even know what a tax lien looked like until I got the first one in the mail. The problem with tax liens is that you must scrounge up all the money and pay the whole thing at once - taxes, interest and penalties; the tax commissioner doesn‘t take monthly payments. So I scrounged and paid - every penny, tax interest and penalties.
God has been very good to me. He gave me a good, strong God-fearing and God-loving mother who kept me in line and taught me to be God-fearing and God-loving, and a good solid God-fearing and God-loving wife, Teresa (née Walton) who has stood by me for 35 years in hard times and good.
Vote for whom you believe to be best qualified - but don’t decide against me because of what someone made up abut me. Call me - 770-943-3466 if you want to talk to me. Check out my web-site donovanforda.com if you want more information.
I want to win this election because I honestly believe I am the right person to do the job. I realize some do not agree, and will support the other candidates. If you agree that I am the right person for this job, your support is appreciated. If you do not agree, I still wish you well.
Oh, and, yes, I do live in Paulding County. Same place for thirty years. Can’t run in Paulding if you don’t live here.