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Fed prosecutors: Toss S. Ga. judge’s guilty plea

Fed prosecutors: Toss S. Ga. judge's guilty plea
September 29, 2011 --

Thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, a south Georgia judge soon will no longer be a convicted felon. In court filings, federal prosecutors say a 2010 ruling by the high court leaves no choice but to vacate a 2009 guilty plea by former Alapaha Circuit Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III.

April 10

April 10, 2011 --

Felon has friends in high places School accreditation agency has critics Feds disagree over deepening of Savannah harbor Some say secrecy hinders children’s protection Juvenile judge: Failing to sign interstate compact hampers system

Supremes disbar convicted Judges Blitch, Camp

Supremes disbar convicted Judges Blitch, Camp
February 28, 2011 --

A judge who shared drugs with his stripper girlfriend, along with a second jurist who freed criminal defendants without telling prosecutors, both lost their law licenses today. The Georgia Supreme Court disbarred former Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch and accepted the voluntary surrender of former federal judge Jack Camp‘s license to practice law.

U.S. magistrate tosses case, rules 4 Red Dogs were ‘less than candid’

October 29, 2009 --

Federal prosecutors have dropped firearms charges against a convicted felon after a magistrate found four Atlanta police officers were “less than candid” about the circumstances of his arrest. The officers said they stopped Kelvin Bryant’s car in October 2008 after smelling marijuana smoke coming from his car, and that they radioed a dispatcher for a tag check before they pulled him over. U.S. Magistrate Linda Walker, in an Oct. 15 ruling, said she did not believe them. Find out why…

Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years’ probation + $210K restitution

Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years' probation + $210K restitution
September 30, 2009 --

Former state Rep. Roger Byrd pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to two counts of theft by taking and was ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution. Byrd got 20 years on probation, but no prison time if he repays the money within 30 months. (If not, he would go to prison for 4 1/2 to 5 years.) Prosecutors said Byrd took $100,000 from the Jeff Davis County Development Authority and another $100,000 from a relocated manufacturer that folded after less than a year, leaving the authority mre than $2 million in debt.