Closing Arguments Filed in Clark Case
Saturday, 20 March 2010

March 22--  Closing arguments were filed Friday in the case of Dale Clark versus the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC).

In 2007, the PSC found probable cause to revoke Clark's state education credentials while she was serving as Montgomery County School Superintendent.  The case occurred in the midst of allegations of inappropriate behavior between Clark's daughter, Carrie O'Connor, a Montgomery County High School counselor, and a 16-year-old male student.  O'Connor was later found not guilty of criminal charges in the case due to lack of evidence.

Clark appealed the PSC decision in a two-day hearing last month before a state Administrative Law Judge in Dublin.  Judge Ronit Walker gave lawyers until March 19 to provide written closing arguments.

In a 15-page filing, state attorney Rebecca Mick outlined evidence from the hearing which she claims shows that Clark had knowledge of an inappropriate relationship between her daughter and the student and failed to report it to the PSC.  Also that she lied to a state investigator during a PSC investigation; that she retaliated against the teacher who reported the case to law enforcement and abused her position as school superintendent to benefit herself and her family.

In his 22-page closing, Clark's attorney Mackey Bryant of Vidalia refuted each of the state's arguments and said the PSC has not met its burden of proof for any of the allegations in the case and he asked the judge for a decision in favor of his client.

There's no word on when Judge Walker will render her ruling.  If she supports the state's case, Clark can take her appeal to Superior Court. 

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