Harbin will enter pleas next month

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ATLANTA --- State Rep. Ben Harbin intends to enter pleas Sept. 16 to resolve drunken-driving charges that have dogged him for 15 months.

Atlanta Assistant City Solicitor Warren Atkinson on Tuesday told an Atlanta Municipal Court judge he was close to reaching a deal with Mr. Harbin that would dismiss one misdemeanor charge in exchange for pleas on others.

Mr. Harbin, 44, is charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain a lane and failure to report striking a fixed object, the result of a late-night crash near the Capitol in May 2007.

Mr. Atkinson would not disclose which charge would be dismissed, but said Mr. Harbin's pleas would resolve the case.

Reach Jake Armstrong at (404) 589-8424 or jake.armstrong@morris.com.

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426Hemi 08/06/08 - 08:02 am
Uhm let's see here, what

Uhm let's see here, what charge to dismiss? A dilemme. How about the DUI charge? Did I win the bet? Or, maybe the word "charge" should have been plural to include all of them. Oh, these charges "dogged" him for 15 mos? More like he and his frickin' lawyer DODGED" them for 15 mos!!!

Tim Walters
Tim Walters 08/06/08 - 08:56 am
Well I hate to tell you

Well I hate to tell you 426Hemi that is the way these cases play out. Ben Harbin did not do anything different than most of the people who retain a Lawyer. If court is in session today in Augusta it will happen. If Ben had used his political clout you would not have read very much about and it would have been over before everyone poured fuel on the fire.Ben is a good guy everyone makes mistakes.

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