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Mason will enter not guilty plea to domestic violence charges, attorney says

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 2:59 PM
Last updated Thursday, March 29, 2012 1:36 AM
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Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason will plead not guilty at his arraignment Thursday on domestic violence charges from last year and request a jury trial, his attorney said Wednesday.

Mason, now in his second term representing District 4, was arrested in December on charges of simple assault and simple battery after an incident involving his wife at their Hephzibah home.

A recording of the call made to 911, obtained by The Augusta Chronicle, indicated Mason’s wife was highly distraught when she told a dispatcher that the commissioner grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against a wall.

But the incident was a misunderstanding that didn’t rise to the level of domestic violence, said Mason’s attorney, Freddie Sanders.

For that reason Mason is requesting a trial, the attorney said.

“He’s not guilty,” Sanders said.

Charges were brought against Mason in Richmond County State Court, but all the state court prosecutors recused themselves because of the commission’s involvement in setting the court budget.

State Court Solicitor Charles Evans requested the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia assign an outside prosecutor to the case.

Mason is one of several suspects being arraigned in state court at a 9 a.m. hearing Thursday at Augusta Richmond County Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Courthouse.

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Little Lamb
Little Lamb 03/28/12 - 03:19 pm
Well, at least the reporter

Well, at least the reporter has made a little progress in shortening the name above:

Augusta Richmond County Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Courthouse

She left out the “Jr.”

Now many years will it take till we see “Ruff House” in the paper?

How about this idea for easier reading — if the story is about a trial, a courtroom hearing, or something like that, use the term “Ruffin Courthouse.” If the story is about the grounds itself, like the inadequacy of the parking lot or people falling down the stairs, use the term “Augusta Judicial Center.” Keep things short, keep them orderly, keep them consistent and the readers will be better served.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 03/28/12 - 03:37 pm
Mason is using the tried and

Mason is using the tried and true tactic....deny, deny, deny! Say it loud enough and often enough, they think that'll make people believe you!

my.voice 03/28/12 - 05:24 pm
Isn't Sanders running for

Isn't Sanders running for sheriff?

And I expected no less from Mason.

seenitB4 03/29/12 - 04:20 am
Gosh...someone really has a

Gosh...someone really has a lot on his plate right now..heh...I'm not talking about Mason.:)

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