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Mathis wants GBI information

Suspended Ward II Commissioner Henry Mathis. Suspended Ward II Commissioner Henry Mathis.

Albany-- The attorney for Albany City Commissioner Henry Mathis wants more information on a GBI investigator, calling the prosecution's main witness not credible.

Mathis' attorney, Rick Collum, asked in the pre-trial conference for any investigative notes concerning the comment. The main witness is Joe McDonald. He's the club owner that Mathis is accused of extorting money from to help McDonald get a business license.

Collum says the U. S. Attorney's office has not turned that information over to him, even though he requested it from the outset. "But it just deals with the government not providing me with things I had requested initially at the beginning of the case."

But Collum says Mathis feels confident about the trial. "I think it's going to be a decision for the jury to make. Mr. Mathis contends he did not do anything wrong, and we're going to let the jury decide who they believe."

The trial is expected to begin the first week in April. Attorneys for both sides say it shouldn't take longer than four days. Mathis is suspended for the Albany City Commission until the trial is over.