SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - And so the whole sordid Tony Thomas mess comes to an end, at least the criminal case against him, not because the Alderman has been cleared of wrongdoing, but because there is no instrument in the criminal justice system to prosecute the crimes that a majority of the grand jury believed to have occurred.
On Friday afternoon, it was revealed that a civil grand jury refused to turn the case over to a criminal grand jury. Not for a lack evidence mind you, and not because most of the jurors didn't believe the testimony of the more than 40 witnesses called before them last week. No, they didn't refer the case for criminal prosecution because the statute of limitations had expired on the crimes Thomas was accused of committing.
In fact, 14 of the 18 grand jurors agreed Thomas displayed predatory behavior that was both outlandish and illegal. The other four said he was improperly accused, with one going as far as to say those who brought these allegations to light were out to get Thomas.
This likely won't be the last chapter in this story, however. The alleged victims are now considering their options in regards to filing civil suits, as is Thomas, who has threatened to sue several people, including WTOC for our reporting of this story.
Consider this. We stand behind the journalism of our coverage of this story 100 percent. Should Mr. Thomas find himself in a civil court as either a plaintiff or defendant, where he'd have to explain his actions under oath, we'll finally have the opportunity to get from him something we haven't to this point: the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.