The State Bar of Georgia is investigating Barry Amos for the unlicensed practice of law. GA Law states, its unlawful for anyone without a license to engage in any kind of legal activity. The Bar complaint alleges that Amos has been writing Tyrone Ordinances. Tyrone regulations state that all ordinances and resolutions must be approved for form and legality by the Town Attorney. In the past that approval meant the Attorney would sign each document. Attorney Brad Sears did not sign Ordinance 454 and others. Former Town Attorney John Mrosek and Amos often had disagreements over legal matters. So much so that Mrosek said he resigned in frustration. Mrosek did not sign Ordinance 341 which Brad Sears says is Tyrone's Zoning Ordinance. Mrosek's name under Approved By: is typed in but, no signature on the line. The ultimate penalty for practicing law without a license is prison. Councilwoman Grace Caldwell says other complaints have been made about Amos' unlicensed practice of law. Caldwell also accused Amos of misrepresenting sewer usage to her at a recent Council meeting. Misrepresentation is a form of fraud.

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Submitted by ptctaxpayer on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 7:34pm.

Time to give it up, Dick...Barry ain't no Einstein but he paddled you fair and square. So how about you move on and go make a buck elsewhere. Go put in an application with McMurrain. How do you look in a Hooters' outfit ?

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 7:13pm.

Barry Amos' fear is palpable at this point. It is clear that he is shaking in his little shoes (short man syndrome). Even one of the ex - planning commission members told a local business man that the Shelley lawsuit had Tyrone Town Gov "SCARED". Ha Ha Ha. It won't be long. Barry's bullying is coming to end very soon!

By the way, you obviously "ain't no Einstein" either!! Resorting to inapplicable and unrelated assaults on Mr. Shelley for asserting his property rights in the face of the facist Amos, that is absurd. No one is scared of you Barry. You are a loser!

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 8:48pm.


Submitted by tonto707 on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 4:47pm.

to be the one to break the news to you, but anyone can write an ordinance. There is no stipulation in law that ordinances are to be written by a licensed lawyer.

Performing acts required or ordinarily performed in carrying out one's duties of employment are not 'practicing law' and are not unlawful.

Holding oneself out as an attorney, willfully, and knowing that others believe one to be an attorney or capable of performing acts of an attorney is unlawful.

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 7:20pm.

Tonto - you are WRONG!!

The state bar of GA clearly states in its' advisory opinions that the writing or drafting of ordinances (laws) by a non-attorney is the unauthorized practice of law!! I did my research, so if you don't believe me, research it yourself.

Submitted by tonto707 on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 8:21pm.

to be the bearer of bad news, but the state bar of Georgia does not decide what is or is not illegal, or in this case, practicing law. That is done by the courts.

Submitted by bladderq on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 6:30pm.

These are the same people that brought snakes into the discussion & then would not cite any evidence to back up their claims. No snakes attacked a fisherman at a lake in the city & ate his fish (where ever that is...most of us on 74 didn't know there was a lake), or the one who "witnessed" a skier's death & finally (my favorite poster) who "remembered" reading of a death by snake on the log flume.
It's why none of the local papers write their "investigations." Why the AJC probably won't either & certainly why you won't see the news trucks.
Tempest in a teapot.

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 7:22pm.

Hate to break it to you but the AJC has already expressed serious interest in the overt violations of people's right by Barry Amos.

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Submitted by mudcat on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 7:27pm.

AJC roasting Barry. Hope it happens. Kevin Duffy doesn't have the cojones to do it - hopefully they'll assign someone else - maybe a woman.

Back to my old picture, so I can say "I don't have a dog in this fight" with real feelings.

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 7:42pm.

I agree with you mudcat. It takes time, hard work, and patience to expose and over-through a corrupt person in the local government like Barry Amos. But not to worry, Barry has ticked off so many people that they are waiting in line to get a piece of him!!

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 7:05pm.

I..was not the one that said a snake attacked a fisherman. I am the one that said..cotton mouths are aggressive, and they are. You also stated that cottonmouths are not in Texas, they are. I have seen a zillion growing up, and they do bite under water. How do you think they catch fish or anything else in the water? They bite it in/under the water. They would STARVE if they couldn't! I WAS at the lake when they guy was put off in the willows and was bitten so many times he was dead before he got to the hospital. If you don't think snakes hunt under water, and that more than one are in the same place and that they do bite anyone that intrudes, then you need to grow up. I saw it happen, I am not going to swap tales with you, you are a jerk! No one is going to tell you cotton mouths don't bite, nor that they are not in nest/groups/balls, in the muddy water cause they are. you are stupid! Go write an ordinace against that!

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Submitted by nuk on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 2:57pm.

How do you expect anyone to take you seriously about Tyrone with this BS? Roaming gangs of cottonmouths attacking people? LOL! Here, start at this link for some basic facts:


Yes, water moccasins can bite underwater, you at least got that right. However, they hunt mainly near water, not under water. Their main diet isn't fish, it's frogs, lizards and small birds. The bit about swarming snakes is a very old hoax from God knows how long ago, and if you think it's ever happened, let's hear about some proof.

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 8:57pm.

Man let it go. You can't use facts with bladder/dollar. Just because you saw it happen......sheeeessh. Who do you think you are??

bladder ol buddy, I saw a man throw a bag of money in the "nature preserve"(that's PTC for swamp). Go to the part of the trail that has no homes on either side, just south of braelin.

Don't worry no snakes or teens to bother you.....really.....it looked like a big big big bag of money....go on ....go help yourself. You know you want it. If you see a snake say BOO and it will go away...promise.

I had no idea I was your favorite, how sweet, you are just as sweet as vinegar pie.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 10:11pm.

I believe its Boo who wrote the story about snake.

Submitted by bladderq on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 9:18pm.

It's a wonderful thang. Go do a search & find a cred-ABLE cite for what both of you "saw"...Is that too much to ask?

Whether the guy fell in the water in Texas or Montana...Lonesome Dove was a MOVIE. I'm not sure either of you know what is Fact from Fiction.

I'll keep my eye out for that bag of money & keep buying Mega-million tixs. Snakes generally do go away if you say "Boo," that's why the paper (& the Black Wall in DC) aren't full of incidents.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 6:18pm.

Since some people think anyone can write an ordinance, here's mine.


Ratified and passed this 5th day of Sept. 2007.

Submitted by thelonerangerof... on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 5:52pm.

Dear Tonto707, I hope you are not running for council? We have too many stupid people already on it. Apparently you have not read or understand Tyrone law which states all ordinances must be approved for legality by an attorney. If not, then you are practicing law without a license. The fact is, the Georgia Bar is concerned and will investigate. Read O.C.G.A. 15-19-50 regarding the definition of practicing without a license. On second thought don't try to read it. You obviously cannot understand it. Some people are so dumb, they don't even know they're dumb. You're making a fool of yourself to all the readers. You're not the Ranger's Tonto, you don't even know which end of the horse to ride.

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 7:08pm.

yeah prob Smola. Too much vino?

Submitted by Bucky on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 4:06pm.

You could be right on this but where's your source? Accourding to the bar site (updated last on 8/29) he's not on the list to receive a cease and desist order. http://gabar.org/programs/unlicensed_practice_of_law/registry_of_injunctions_and_cease_and_desist_affidavits/

Submitted by thelonerangerof... on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 6:09pm.

Dear Bucky, my Bar Source is the Bar Investigator-in person. Cease and desist orders are not published until the investigation is complete and a determination is made.

Submitted by theguy on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 9:57pm.

If your "source" is in fact an employee or investigator for the bar association, then he or she should be FIRED for divulging information about an open investigation to a third party. Oh, wait a minute. I bet you are one of those hippocrites who believes that it's okay if the investigator revealed that info to you because it benefits you. Am I right?

Submitted by Bucky on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 6:32pm.

Holy crap ranger and confusha. Why are you two so defensive to being questioned or differing opinions? You know as well as I that this place is so full of BS posts and such, you should expect to be questioned. Educate people, don't attack them. If the candidates you advocate take your approach, well then, what's going to change?

Now to show some respect for you. If your source is correct and this is true then some huge KUDO's to you for breaking the story. Let Barry burn if he's done wrong!

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 10:06pm.

I just simply responded to Tonto707 statement about anyone can write an ordinance, so I wrote mine......Lol.

Anyway, reading blogs is like reading the book "Bell Curve" Its about the intelligence and class structure of American life.

Submitted by theguy on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 5:43pm.

This is probably the same person who wrote into free speech claiming that the Ga. Legislature is considering repealing Tyrone's charter. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!

Submitted by newmayor on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 1:09pm.

The loneranger, thank you for this information, if it is true. I know that my dealings with Amos has not been so enjoyable either. I have always felt as though he has the Napoleon syndrome whenever I spoke with him or witnessed him at a meeting. I just hope that if you are the one that is suing the Town, all this dissemination of information does not tip your hat to them and hurt you in the long run. I for one am very happy to see that Amos is finally getting what he has dealt out all these years. I do question what will happen to his accomplices, Sheryl Lee, Valerie Fowler, Paul Letourneau and Mike Smola. Do you happen to know how they will be effected through the practicing of law by Amos? Also, what type of lawsuit will this expose the Town to in the long run? I know that Amos made the statement in the past regarding the fact that he was not concerned with a lawsuit as that is why we pay for insurance coverage. But he does not live in Tyrone and does not have a vested interest in what happens to our town. Thank you loneranger for exposing Amos and his clan for what they have done to our town.

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Submitted by smartypants on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 8:23pm.

Just one question(OK more than one): How do you know he is being investigated? Did you bring this complaint up to the Bar Association? Is this part of the "lawsuit"?

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Submitted by Robert W. Morgan on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 5:22am.

Seems farfetched to me, but a formal complaint might be just enough for the town to rid themselves of this bad boy. If he is proven guilty then Tyrone could avoid paying off his contract.

Mr. Mrosek, step forward. It is your time to be on stage. Take charge of this and be a hero. Tyrone may hire you back after all. Why not. If Webb can come back to PTC, so can you.

Submitted by thelonerangerof... on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 12:43pm.

He serves at the pleasure of the council according to Tyrone law and because Amos stated so himself in response to an open records request to see his contract. Incredibly some council members did not know if he had a contract. Tyrone is a citizens do it yourself investigation without any help from the council. Mr. Mrosek should step forward but he is afraid and is hiding behind his attorney-client priviledge. The State Bar will be contacting Mrosek. Sooner or later, the whole rotten mess will be proven. If Mr. Amos is as smart as he thinks he is; then he should start now looking for another job and turn in his resignation. Those of us who know the truth are not going to stop until justice is finally had.

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Submitted by mudcat on Wed, 09/05/2007 - 6:36pm.

Then fire the fool. Fill in the form below and send it your favorite Tyronese council person.

Fire Barry Amos!!!! He's done more damage to Tyrone than

______________ has done to _______________ (PTC, Fayette County, Fayetteville, Other - pick one).

Then in the spirit of an NPR show I am forced to listen to, what will Barry do next. In other words, Barry is qualified to be a _________________________

Please fill in the blanks and submit.

Back to my old picture, so I can say "I don't have a dog in this fight" with real feelings.

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