Posted: 5:11 pm Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Donnan keeping cool for a guy on trial 

By Jeff Schultz

Former Georgia coach Jim Donnan (with attorney Jerry Froelich) is awaiting jury's verdict. (Richard Hamm/Athens Banner Herald)

Ex-Georgia coach Jim Donnan (with attorney Jerry Froelich) is awaiting jury’s verdict. (Richard Hamm/Athens Banner Herald)

ATHENS — I’m not sure how I would act in public, or certainly around the media, if I was facing facing 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in federal court. But I’m guessing I would wear my emotions on my sleeve a little more than Jim Donnan.

Day two of jury deliberations passed Thursday without a verdict in Donnan’s fraud trial. There’s no way to read into what that means, other than the jury is taking its time weighing each of the 41 counts. A quick acquittal is off the table, but then so is a quick guilty verdict.

Donnan and his former business partner, Gregory Crabtree, who has since taken a plea deal, are accused of enticing 94 people to invest more than $80 million in GLC Limited, Inc., although the Securities and Exchange Commissioner viewed the enterprise as a Ponzi scheme.

Nobody wants to be the defendant in a lawsuit when the plaintiff is the United States of America. If you are Donnan, the former Georgia coach and still an Athens resident, this is far more serious than the Florida game.

But Donnan isn’t sweating, at least not publicly. While the jury was deliberating for more than six hours Thursday, Donnan often was in the hallway outside the courtroom, either walking to stretch his legs or chatting with a few reporters.

“What do you think of (Todd) Grantham?” he asked me this morning, referencing the Bulldogs’ former defensive coordinator. Meanwhile, a jury was deciding whether or not he might go to prison.

And that opened the door to one of a few discussions through the day about Georgia, college football, college basketball, the Falcons or something else — anything but the trial.

My guess is that while Donnan is acting calm public, his stomach feels like Mt. Vesuvius. It’s probably even worse on his wife and other family members, who are with him. That’s not meant to be a sympathy vote. If Donnan’s guilty of what he’s accused of, he should go to jail. Prosecutors say GLC investors had combined losses of $23 million, and Donnan had profits totaling $8.5 million (although he’s now in bankruptcy).

Donnan already has lost a lot — his career, his reputation, his credibility. He could soon lose his freedom. But you wouldn’t know it by talking to him.

72 comments
TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

Now you know why Donnan was so cool. He was innocent. So quick to convict the accused when you don't have all of the information. Twelve jurors did and found him not guily. But those folks who have never let the truth get in the way of their judgements can continue to point fingers.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Can we just go ahead and call this guy what he is? A super DOOSH BAG. He's either dumber than a rock or a really bad guy! Either way, he fits into the category above. I'm actually sorry he got off after what he did.

PappyODeal
PappyODeal

His attorney's closing arguments were to the effect that the coach had a football mind and didn’t have a mind for business. Not going to look up the exact quote but he basically said that it wasn't a crime to not be very smart. Reminds me of another character who was cool under pressure. 


Mama says investing is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.


Terry1961
Terry1961

After reading this I would have found him not guilty too. The problem with most of the people on this blog, you would convict a man guilty, just because he coached at UGA.

Terry1961
Terry1961

Jury foreman Artis Ricks said in an interview after the verdict was announced.

“I kept thinking day after day the government was going to pull out a smoking gun, and I just never really saw one,” Ricks said. “I think Mr. Donnan was as big a victim in this as some of the investors who lost their money.”

Ricks, who lives in Hartwell, said the evidence showed Donnan solicited help to try to investigate GLC’s problems when the company began missing payments to investors in 2010.

“That just doesn’t sound like something a guilty person would do,” Ricks said.

The jury foreman also noted Donnan brought in his son and son-in-law as GLC investors.

“I just didn’t think he would do something to cheat his family and put them in harm’s way,” Ricks said.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

dog in lex and 350,


Please share. 



What exactly is butt hurt?


I know it comes from the redneck dog dictionary of juvenile insults but please do share the precise definition 


K? 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Natrez Patrick commited tonight! Hallelujah! Jim donnan is king of Athens! I believe the jury over some spoiled rotten trolls like poad and Bucky! Go dawgs!

DawginLex
DawginLex

Delusional and POAD need to get a drink and cry each other to sleep

Lots of butt hurt between those 2

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

POAD,


350 is hanging his hat on Donnan tonight. 


Let delusional dogs lie. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

350 got arrested in San Diego due to his bon fire catching the entire county on fire. 


#dgd

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

350,


Just be sure the dogs have Donnan on the "official" visit agenda. The recruits will run to Auburn and Bama and USC and kick your butt. 


Book that! 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Jim donnan is free! Hallelujah! I'm making a Bon fire tonight baby! Gonna eat me some real good meat! Let's get dawgs! Congrats to mr donnan!

SinceVince
SinceVince

"What kind of damn question is that?" "We just just beat a good football team out there today!"  Sorry Loran!

TheOldGuy
TheOldGuy

What ever happened to Reggie Bawl?


Throwing the ball out of bounds on 4th down to stop the clock at the end of the game. Classic

Football2013
Football2013

According to Richt, Donnan will have to sit out the first half of the Clemson game.....

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Convicting a dog in an Athens court? Please. 


OJ anyone?

POAD2014
POAD2014

No way Jim didn't know a little about how shady the business was. Nobody said Juries were filled with smart people just Taxpayers not smart enough to get out of jury duty....LOL

Jim wasn't smart enough to know he was being taken but neither were a lot of people. He was smart enough to be a Head Coach in College Football?   

Dawg350
Dawg350

Hallelujah! Jim donnan is free! Heck yeah! I knew he didn't do anything wrong! Go dawgs!

WDE
WDE

41 counts and not a hit.  Jury foreman Artis Ricks said, “Mr. Donnan was as big a victim in this as some of the investors.”  but he is not down 23 million.

Savdon
Savdon

Wow, he's a 10%'er.  Remember when Vick was charged we heard that the Feds have about a 90% conviction rate?

 Juries:

Would anyone think that "pointing the gun in her direction" vs "pointing the gun at her"  would cause so much angst as to cause a hung jury?  Well, my loved one is still dead.  The person sitting in the defendant's chair pulled the trigger.  It was all captured in HD.  I'm still shaking my head.

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Twenty three million dollars will buy a lot of grits.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

He has a pretty good Attorney, that never hurt's.

96JB
96JB

Greed has taken many a good men down. Living within your means is the only way to fly.

JaySly
JaySly

what did jim do with all those millions he took from all those coaches?  where's the money??

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

So then let's just say he's a REALLY DUMB GUY! I could have guessed that by listening to him blather on in his days at 680 the Fan.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawginLex  WRONG. I wasn't stupid enough to lose money with Jim and his FRIEND. Jim has filed for bankruptcy and his reputation is shot. He is free but his life will never be the same after messing with that theif.  

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  you know he RUINED many people's lives? You knew he helped to STEAL millions of dollars? There is no reason to celebrate anything Jim Donnan did or had to do with this case.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Ken Stabler did that for Bama vs 10RC. Then again he also won the SB with the Raiders. You just never know how things will turnout.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Are you really comparing donnan to OJ? Hahahahahahahaha! Please somebody quick get this man some mental help! Lmao!

Grant1296
Grant1296

Damn POAD..

He was only smart enough to beat Tech..

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

I'm glad you wasn't on the jury...you would of convicted donnan just because he is a bulldawg! Free Jim donnan!

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@Dawg350  And Clinton didn't have sexual "relations" with that woman, Ms. Lewisnsky. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  and you think he is innocent just because he was a mutt. He is definitely isn't a smart dog for sure.

DawginLex
DawginLex

Liar

You couldn't wait to start blabbing after the guilty verdict

Sorry to ruin your weekend slimeball

Dawg350
Dawg350

You can't prove it! Sorry but the jury has spoken! Hallelujah! Let's go donnan!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  no he is comparing getting a conviction of OJ with his particular jury to getting a conviction of an Ex UGA Head Coach in Athens. You need a little help too so I thought I would give you some.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Grant1296  you really are STUPID aren't you grantMutt?

you might want to check your FACTS and why Donnam was FIRED you fool.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Oh really? When was this? Lmao!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@DawginLex  being found not guilty doesn't meant he didn't do it. Either he is stupid as a box of rocks or he knew the business was at the minimum a little shady.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  He got the people to trust his buddy and they lost money. Yes he is GUILTY of that. The jurors think he is too Stupid to know what was going on therefore not guilty but he is guilty because he is how his buddy got contacts to rob. There is a difference between Innocent and not guilty. He had to know a little bit that the business was questionable. He can't be that dumb.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

You needed help a long time ago....sorry no one can help you now....that ship has sailed!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Haha...you are so butt hurt over this...what a sorry pathetic man you are!