Atlanta criminal defense attorney Jack Martin said federal prosecutors do not have to tell someone they are a target of an investigation. There are some exceptions, he added, such as when a person who is an actual target is subpoenaed to testify before the grand jury.
“They don’t always tell you if you’re under investigation,” Martin said, “but usually you can figure it out.”
Brooks said he’s “not surprised” that he is being investigated and said GABEO’s work to uncover those responsible for a lynching of four African-Americans in Walton County is likely why. Two black couples were murdered on Moore’s Ford Bridge in 1946. No one was ever convicted of the crime, and Brooks said he has reason to believe federal agents were involved.
“If I were not involved in the Moore’s Ford lynching case, if we were not pressing the FBI to charge those still living, I would not be standing here with you today,” Brooks said.
Brooks denied any wrongdoing and said no one who works for GABEO is paid.
“I’ve never been accused of corruption nor bribery,” Brooks said. “I’ve never been accused of being anything other than a civil rights worker.”