After many, many fits and starts, the trial of retailer Gordon Lee begins today in Rome, Georgia. Lee is charged with the misdemeanor charge of distributing harmful materials to a minor, stemming from giving a 2004 incident in which he gave a comic book with a nude Pablo Picasso to two 6- and 9-year-old brothers. The pre-trial story in the local paper is here.
The local paper ran a story earlier last week, in which Lee had a rather different role as a take-no-prisoners tough guy who stops at nothing to bring evil doers to justice:
Lee gave chase to two women accused of stealing two puzzles from Legends at 317 Broad St. at about 3 p.m.
Lee jumped on the hood of the car driven by one of the suspects as she pulled out from a parking space in front of his store. She drove around the block, and Lee fell off. He was not hurt.
Police later arrested Linda Hughes, 22, of 7 Texas Ave., and Stefanie Childers, 26, of 455 Clearwater St., Rockmart, and charged them with shoplifting, according to Floyd County Jail records.
Which Lee will prevail this week? We’ll bring you any developments as they happen.