Speaker Ral­ston de­nies vi­o­lat­ing State Bar rules

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — House Speaker David Ral­ston has asked that a com­plaint filed against him by the State Bar of Ge­or­gia be dis­missed, deny­ing he vi­o­lated rules re­lated to his work as an at­tor­ney.

The State Bar of Ge­or­gia in June filed a pe­ti­tion in the state Supreme Court ask­ing for a spe­cial mas­ter to in­ves­ti­gate Ral­ston over ac­cu­sa­tions he al­lowed a 2008 case to lan­guish while serv­ing in the Leg­is­la­ture and ad­vanced his client $22,000 to pay per­sonal ex­penses. The pe­ti­tion said Ral­ston paid the man, who had been se­ri­ously in­jured in a crash, with his own money and money be­long­ing to other clients.

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