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Fulton judge defends release of trooper shooting suspect



A Fulton County judge had no choice last month but to release the man who allegedly shot and killed State Trooper Chadwick LeCroy a couple weeks later, the county’s chief judge said tonight.

Chief Judge Cynthia D. Wright wrote in a letter to Fulton County citizens:

“When [Gregory] Favors was released on December 13, 2010 it was not the result of judicial whim or an adherence to some arbitrary self-imposed rule. Rather, he was released because the judges and courts of this community have a duty to uphold the rule of law and comply with its requirements.”

Favors, charged with LeCroy’s Dec. 27 murder after a traffic stop, had been jailed Dec. 10 for breaking into a car and cocaine possession. But Atlanta police did not subsequently obtain a warrant on the charges and did not appear at a Dec. 13 magistrate’s court hearing to explain why he’d been arrested.

“To determine probable cause, a magistrate must have something to review – either a warrant or the testimony of an arresting officer,” the judge wrote.

The magistrate could not hold Favors any longer without some evidence to support the charges, Wright wrote. Both state and federal courts guarantee jailed defendants a court hearing within 48 hours of their arrest.

Wright also deflected criticism of the court’s so-called “rocket docket,” which police and prosecutors have blamed for light sentences that kept Favors on the street on earlier charges:

“That suggestion reflects the reality that when a tragedy occurs, people want explanations. Hindsight is often the first tool reached for in an effort to provide an easy answer.

Fulton County, like many urban courts across the country, has developed a two-tiered system for adjudicating criminal cases. Less complex cases involving non-violent offenses are heard more quickly than more complex cases. Mr. Favors at the time of his arrest was not under indictment in a non-complex case. His release had therefore nothing to do with that program.

It is true that Mr. Favors had previous matters which were heard in Fulton County. Those cases were heard and sentences imposed based upon the facts and circumstances presented to the court at the time those decisions were made. Responsibility for the decisions rest with the decision makers.”





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One Response to “Fulton judge defends release of trooper shooting suspect”

  1. Truth Teller says:

    THIS JUDGE IS LYING!!! What she is not mentioning is that Favors had two open cases in June of 2010 and the DA recommended 4 years in jail. The judge’s rocket docket magistrate sentenced this guy to 30 days for 6 charges in two separate cases. Hindsight is 20/20 for who….the DA knew in the beginning that this guy was trouble–why didn’t the judge.

    To add insult to injury, this judge has also lied by saying that only elected judges will handle these cases going forward THAT IS NOT TRUE. Magistrate judges are STILL handling these cases. The court fired their PIO because he told the truth but then the court changed its mind.

    It is time for the citizens to stand up and SHOUT. These courts are putting your lives and property in danger.

    This judge knows that this guy had a case and was sentenced to an inappropriate sentence. Rather than saying, you know what we messed up and we will review our judges or our judges sentencing, she lies and says “ohhh it ain’t my fault.” That is eggregious and angers me to no end. Even if in the end the courts decided to maintain their current system, to simply ignore that THEY THE COURTS played a huge part in the death of this officer is an insult to the family and an insult to the citizens who elected these judges.

    Its time to stand up!!! Its time to fight back!!! Unfortunately, more than likely, because she is a judge people will take her word for it and move on to the next issue like nothing ever happened.