Judge throws out case on Victor Hill decision

1:46 PM, Apr 29, 2013   |    comments
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill
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ATLANTA (AP) - A Fulton County Superior Court judge has thrown out a petition challenging the governor's decision not to appoint a panel to consider the suspension of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill, who is under indictment.

Judge Kelly Lee on Monday said Georgia law regarding the governor's obligation to appoint a review commission to look into the suspension of an indicted public official appears to apply when the official is indicted while in office.

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Hill was sheriff from 2005 until 2008, when he lost re-election. He was indicted in February 2012 on charges related to his time as sheriff. He then beat the incumbent sheriff in the 2012 election.

A lawyer for Clayton County resident James Buckman, who challenged the governor's decision, said they will likely appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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