Attorney Graham to take Buie case

ALBANY -- A local attorney has stepped up to defend embattled former Albany Downtown Manager Don Buie and has petitioned the court for a bail hearing Monday, court records show.

Attorney Johnnie Graham is listed as the attorney of record in what is now known as case number 09R1132, the State vs. Don Eric Buie. A bail hearing before Superior Court Judge Denise Marshall has been set for 10:30 a.m.

Buie has been indicted in connection with an investigation of the financial records of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority, where he served as chief executive officer.

Buie's wife Shanon, who was also indicted for allegedly cashing checks Buie sent from ADICA that prosecutors contend she knew she didn't earn, is the only person linked to the case who has not turned themselves in.

Dougherty County Sheriff Kevin Sproul said Wednesday that Shanon Buie's warrants had been mailed to the Cumberland County, N.C, Sheriff's Office in Fayetteville; her last known address.

The Buies were indicted along with Don Buie's girlfriend Nicole Brown and business owner Tim Washington after a city audit uncovered thousands of dollars in checks that were written to Brown and Shanon Lee, who was later determined to be Shanon Lavette Lee Buie.

Graham has also represented Albany Fire Lt. Roderick Jolivette, who has filed two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaints against the city of Albany following his demotion from assistant chief. Earlier this week, Jolivette pleaded not guilty to charges of impersonating a police officer and speeding in Chattahoochee County.

Jolivette was arrested Aug. 22 after warrants were filed by the Chattahoochee County Sheriff's Office after he was stopped on a highway near Columbus. The deputy contends that Jolivette reportedly said he was an employee of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, but when the deputy later called to verify the information he found it not to be true.

Prior to the alleged impersonating an officer incident, allegations surfaced that Jolivette improperly used fire department personnel and resources to help an uncle clean up his residence after heavy rains earlier this year. Before the alleged misuse of resources, Jolivette was a sworn arson investigator with arrest powers that had been granted through deputization by Sproul.

But following the investigation, Sproul rescinded the action, stripping Jolivette of that authority.