raffensperger and tess

New secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, right, told a Forsyth audience in April that he would decide the county line dispute once the court had ruled, which happened Aug. 5. He is shown with his public relations director, Monroe County native Tess Hammock back in April.

New secretary of state Brad Raffensperger has his first chance to live up to his promise to resolve the ancient Monroe-Bibb line dispute after the Georgia Supreme Court issued yet another ruling in the case on Aug. 5.

The court refused on Aug. 5 to entertain county line surveyor Terry Scarborough’s appeal of a Georgia Court of Appeals ruling saying that the secretary of state can force him to testify in the dispute. Scarborough has long argued that he was hired by the state to survey the line, and that he’s not a witness in a courtroom that can be subjected to subpoena and cross examination from Bibb County. Scarborough said Bibb County is merely trying to trash his work.

Scarborough has offered to testify publicly and answer any questions from Raffensperger about his sources and methods. Scarborough reiterated that promise to Raffensperger when the new secretary of state spoke to the Forsyth-Monroe County Kiwanis Club in April. At that talk, Raffensperger said he would resolve the issue once the court rules. Scarborough said he’s happy to help and talk to Raffensperger one on one about his survey. However, he said that no matter what the court rules, he will invoke his fifth amendment right to say nothing before he’ll subject himself to Bibb County’s dissection.