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Ethics panel dismisses case against Mayor Edna Jackson

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The Savannah Ethics Commission dismissed a case against Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson after the man who filed the complaint left the meeting. 

John Perry is a private investigator and had submitted an open records request last year, requesting Alderman Tony Thomas' travel expenses. The city granted that request, but Perry said the way it was handled violated the city's code of ethics and the Georgia Open Records Act. 

An attorney presented the complaint to the ethics committee - explaining what happened the day when Perry came to pick up the documents. 

Mayor Edna Jackson requested Perry sign a receipt acknowledging that he received the documents and then asked that he provide identification. 

Perry said the mayor required him to provide personal information such as his home address, telephone number and private investigator license, which he says she later shared that information.  

When he got up to tell his side of the story during the ethics meeting, it got ugly. 

"No you guys - you are here to hear an ethics hearing and you guys have already decided what you are going to do, and I am not going to stand by and let this improperly paneled ethics committee even have the light of day," Perry said. 

The committee dismissed the case after he stormed out. 

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