Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Kevin Kenerly will be in court Tuesday for the first time since he was indicted in October on charges related to bribery.
Kenerly is accused of accepting or agreeing to accept bribes totaling $1 million to arrange for the county to buy land in a sweetheart deal that benefited developer David Jenkins.
His arraignment hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday in front of Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Karen E. Beyers.
An arraignment is a very brief court proceeding in which a defendant is notified of the charges pending against him and asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
Kenerly voluntarily suspended himself from office in November, just six weeks shy of the end of his term in December. A Gwinnett special-purpose grand jury indicted Kenerly on a felony count of bribery in October. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of failing to disclose a financial interest in two properties the county rezoned in 2001 and 2005.
Kenerly's defense attorneys did not return calls seeking comment. Kenerly, 47, has said that he is innocent.
Gwinnett District Attorney Danny Porter asked for the special grand jury to be formed after a series of articles in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed the Gwinnett County Commission may have paid too much for park land bought from politically connected developers, potentially costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
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