Tyrone Brooks Says He's Being Targeted by Feds

2:57 PM, May 30, 2013   |    comments
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks
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MONROE, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia state lawmaker says he's being targeted by federal investigators because of his efforts to investigate and draw attention to an unsolved lynching.

Rep. Tyrone Brooks made the statements at a news conference Thursday at Moore's Ford Bridge in Monroe, where two black couples were killed in 1946. Brooks has long championed the effort for justice in the case.

A federal grand jury earlier this month handed down a 30-count indictment against the longtime Democratic lawmaker.

The indictment alleges that Brooks solicited more than $1 million in contributions from the mid-1990s to 2012 to fight illiteracy in underserved communities and other causes. Prosecutors say he used the money for personal and family expenses.

Brooks last week pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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