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Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason's domestic violence trial postponed

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Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason’s jury trial on domestic violence charges has been postponed.

The trial was set for Mon­day before Rich­­­mond Coun­ty State Court Judge Da­vid Watkins, but Mason’s attorney, Freddie Sanders, said Friday the commissioner “needed more time” and “breathing room.”

All parties agreed to wait on the case until at least June, Sanders said.

Mason was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery after a December incident involving his wife at their Hephzibah residence.

Velma Mason told investigators that her husband grabbed her by the neck and pushed her against a wall but that it was the first time it had happened.

On Wednesday, Sanders filed a notice saying he would bring in witnesses to testify to Mason’s character.

“In his case, it’s easy to introduce good character,” Sanders said.  

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/18/12 - 05:05 pm
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Hmmmm

Outward appearances would suggest that someone who needs "breathing room" must not have such a hot case.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/18/12 - 06:20 pm
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Should Bill & Hillary have

Should Bill & Hillary have records of domestic violence? She threw everything loose in the W H at him. You don't think any licks got passed? Many couples have had the heated exchange at one point or another Remember, you are asking for the same standard to be applied to your own life. We are just ready to lock everyone up here except the right ones. "One call that's all" is taking on a real new meaning locally. Have we lost all sense of discernment?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/18/12 - 08:42 pm
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Doesn't matter.

The fact is that if it were you or me, we would have been arrested immediately, there would not have been any lengthy periods until the trial, there would be no postponements, and if the wife was pressing charges we would be found guilty and probably locked up for a little while. The point here is not whether this was a valid domestic violence case or not. The point is that Alvin Mason has been and is being treated preferentially. He was and is being treated differently than how you and I would have been treated under the same circumstances because everyone wants to be "hands off" of the potentially next mayor. The travesty here is not Mason and his wife. The travesty is the "special" treatment he was/has been/is being given. Mason is being referred to as possibly the next mayor while you and I would be being referred to as the convicted wife beater. I could care less about Mason and his wife. But when the RCSO, the prosecutors, and the judges give him preferential treatment because he is a politician and they think he might have a shot at being mayor, I get PO'd.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/18/12 - 07:38 pm
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And understandably so

And understandably so Dichotomy. Your point is valid regarding the judicial process, Have to also wonder if he was not a commish if he would he have been arrested to begin with unless his wife swore out the warrant. Possibly she did. Regardless, she wants it dropped and that's not happening. You do know these calls are plentiful. Quite certain they are not locking up everyone, but maybe I'm wrong and they are now. Doesn't appear we would have the budget for anything but serious cases. I am looking forward to Freddie explain both sides of the process. A call to anything connected with the government rips any future choices right out of your hand.

They seem bent on prosecuting him and both fearful of it at the same time. There should be a middle ground of arbitration and save the taxpayer dollars.

csraguy
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csraguy 05/19/12 - 12:51 am
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Most likely no arrest if he weren’t a commissioner

He did wrong and it isn't his wife trying to press the charges. The RCSO didn't give any breaks, they made the arrest. The DA hasn't given any breaks; they are proceeding even when the wife does not wish to prosecute. Since she says it was a onetime thing, no injury occurred, does not wish to proceed, etc. so it would seem simple to solve this with probation and maybe anger management class. While I have no sympathy for violent persons, MANY couples, etc. place their hands on each other after years of marriage and most never end in an arrest, nor should they.

Dichotomy, actually you have it backwards. If he were not a high profile person, the chances are highly likely he would never have been arrested and if he was, the plea would have easily been worked out and resolved.

This incident would have NEVER made the news for others. This is why many good people will never go into politics because everyone will scrutinize every decision/action they ever do.

As for his performance as a commissioner, Alvin has been doing a good job of trying to keep things in check and bringing up issues about the continued wasting of tax dollars.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 05/19/12 - 08:45 am
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Unbelievable

Quote from the article: "commissioner “needed more time” and “breathing room.” He has time to lead a protest against the government for which he works BUT he can not stand trial because he needs 'breathing room'. I need breathing room as well; I wish he would resign !

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/19/12 - 08:44 am
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csraguy, "While I have no

csraguy, "While I have no sympathy for violent persons, MANY couples, etc. place their hands on each other after years of marriage and most never end in an arrest, nor should they."

Whether "many" or not, I'm proud to say my parents have been married for almost 56 years and I never saw my father place his hands on my mom in anger or vice versa, and I've been married 25 and my husband has never even attempted to raise a hand at me.

When you have a marriage built on love, trust, and respect, there is no need to become violent for any reason.

eagle
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eagle 05/19/12 - 10:04 am
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He needs breathing room? You
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He needs breathing room? You can't be serious. Seems he had enough "breathing room" during his protest. What a joke.

gcap
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gcap 05/19/12 - 10:20 am
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Needs time???

If the commissioner needs time for this, how much time will he need to make critical decisions for the city if he becomes mayor? Maybe the voters will decide for him.

csraguy
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csraguy 05/19/12 - 03:43 pm
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Agreed InChristLove

InChristLove, I agree and am from the same type of family where both sets of my grandparents have lived together over 50 years and to the best of my knowledge have never physically fought either. However, in reality, a large amount of marriages are not like this and what we were accustomed to in the past is far different from the reality of today.

The average marriage now lasts 8 years according to divorceforum.org and people are less patient and easily frustrated for many reasons - If both agree and it can be worked through with counseling, etc. that is far better than an arrest/conviction.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 05/19/12 - 07:47 pm
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I agree csra guy. That is

I agree csra guy. That is reality. ICL is right about building marriages on the right foundation usually precludes such responses, but it can and does happen among Christians as well.. We need as little government interference as possible in our lives.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/21/12 - 08:49 am
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dich, and everyone else now
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dich, and everyone else now be fair, y'all have to understand it was racism and slavery that made him do it. i don't see why everyone else doesn't see it. "hebee neebee somebee breetin room in order to get hees self together". good idea for the DA to push the trial back may need that vote in future to prevent the office budget from being cut

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