A South Georgia attorney hopes local governments pay attention to a fine handed down to a mayor for violating Georgia's open meetings law.
Tommy Coleman says he's pleasantly surprised the city of Cumming and Mayor Henry Ford Gravitt have to pay a hefty fine.
A judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Sam Olens which said the mayor violated the law by stopping a resident from videotaping a council meeting.
"It certainly is an eye opener and should be a warning to cities, counties and school boards and other governmental authorities that they have to more strictly comply with the open records act and open meetings act," said Coleman.
The judge ordered the city and mayor to pay $12,000 fine in penalties plus attorney fees.