Three local cases referred to DA for prosecution

Alabama Ethics Commission

Three cases involving possible ethics violations by Blount Countians have been referred to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey for prosecution. The action was taken by the Alabama Ethics Commission at its Aug. 7 meeting, following investigation of each case.

The motion to refer to the appropriate judicial circuit for legal action was expressed in each case by a wording formula that varied only slightly from case to case. The motion stated: “Based on evidence presented to this commission there is cause to hold that (individual’s name) has violated the ethics act and the case is referred to the appropriate judicial circuit for legal action.” No further detail was provided.

The cases involved:

• Robert Cornelius, member of the Blountsville Town Council (possible conflict of interest involving financing of a loan to the town).

• Glenn Puckett, former principal of Southeastern School (possible accounting/bookkeeping irregularities at the school).

• Jennifer Adams, former court clerk for the Town of Snead – possible violations (unspecified) of the ethics law.

Specific charges remain to be formulated by the district attorney should the decision be made to proceed with prosecution, based on the facts of the ethics investigation.