During a news conference Thursday, Cosby demanded Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace reopen the case for nine more months. Wallace closed the case last week after receiving the Cherokee County May 2014 grand jury presentments recommending it be dropped.
Cosby also claimed at the press conference she had been in contact with Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter and Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds, and both indicated they were willing to take on the case.
“We’re requesting that she allow the investigation to stay open at least nine months and allow the public to review this audit before it is shut down. We deserve at least as much time as she has because we work, we have jobs and other responsibilities and this is her job to do. At the same time, we’re going to recommend to her that if she cannot do this job, we have already asked counties that are associated with us that are experienced in investigating white collar crimes in Gwinnett County and in Cobb County: Danny Porter and Vic Reynolds. Those two district attorneys are experienced and are willing to handle this investigation for us. And we believe that should be done.”
Porter said Monday he has never spoken to Cosby and has no plans to take on the Ball Ground case.
“I’ve never spoken to Mrs. Cosby and wouldn’t investigate the Ball Ground case,” Porter said. “I don’t have jurisdiction to investigate actions which take place in Cherokee County. I’m the District Attorney of the Gwinnett Judicial Circuit.”
Reynolds said he also has never spoken to Cosby.
“I do not know Mrs. Cosby and I’ve never spoken about any Ball Ground Recycling issue with her,” Reynolds said Monday. “Cherokee County is outside my jurisdiction and I have full faith in Mrs. Wallace.”
Wallace said last week following the news conference the case remains closed in her office and it will not be reopened.
In 2007, the county backed $18.1 million in bonds to relocate the recycling business off county-owned property on Blaylock Road near Holly Springs to a site off Highway 5 near Ball Ground. The county continues to own the shuttered recycling plant.
Operator Jimmy Bobo later declared bankruptcy, leaving the county to foot the bill of $100,000 per month in debt service payments on the remaining $16 million loan.
Cherokee County paid $500,000 for a forensic audit to be conducted by McClendon and Associates, which investigated the county’s 2006 deal to guarantee $18.1 million in debt to relocate Bobo’s business from Blaylock Road and the process surrounding the situation.
The county is now focusing on selling the property and are considering a $7 million offer from Peach State Organics after commissioners rejected a $4.2 million offer from Sugar Hill-based Cowart Mulch Products in February.