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Mathis' second suspension could be a moot point

Albany-- City Commissioner Henry Mathis's court case could be over before the Governor decides whether he should be re-suspended from office.

Mathis is now charged with extorting money from three people. The Governor's Office received the superseding indictment against Mathis on Thursday.

Governor Perdue has 14 days before he can appoint a panel to review whether those charges interfere with Mathis's ability to serve as a city commissioner. Then, it could be weeks before the panel gives a recommendation regarding Mathis's suspension back to the Governor.

The problem is that the trial is set to begin June 6th. Mathis was suspended after the initial federal indictment, but was re-instated when the trial was postponed.

The Governor appointed an interim city commissioner, but she only served in two meetings.

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