Official Press Release
Marking another bizarre turn in the saga of Georgia retailer Gordon Lee,
Rome prosecutors have drawn up a new indictment that replaces the
accusation CBLDF lawyers filed motions against earlier this month. The
indictment was procured at a special grand jury session earlier this
month, and restates the charges from the previous accusation filed in
May. This new development marks the third time charges have been
brought against Lee for the accidental distribution of “Alternative
Comics #2” in October of 2004. The previously announced June 15 motions
hearing is cancelled. Lee now must stand before a new arraignment on
July 7, after which his lawyers must re-file their motions.
Paul Cadle, Mr. Lee’s counsel in Rome, says, “We believe this new
development arises from our Motion to Quash, which — in layman’s terms
— relied upon Georgia law which requires that the Defendant be
re-indicted if new charges are brought out of the same matters which
have previously been presented to the Grand Jury. Accordingly, since
Gordon was indicted initially by the Grand Jury in the first case which
was dismissed, he was entitled to the same protection the second time.
The dismissal of the second case embodied in the accusation and the new
indictment appear to be consistent with our position in the Motion to
Quash. We will now have to again file motions for the new arraignment,
some of which may be new motions based upon the continuing developments
in the case.”
Cadle adds, “It is highly unusual to have a single defendant face three
arraignments in less than two years for the same alleged criminal
conduct. In my fifteen years of practice, I have never seen such an
Under the current indictment, Lee still faces two misdemeanor counts of
distributing Harmful to Minors materials – a charge carrying penalties
of fines for up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison. To date, the
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has spent over $60,000 defending Mr. Lee.
To support the Fund’s defense of Gordon Lee, please visit www.cbldf.org.
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