Augusta judges won't hear commissioner's domestic violence case

Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:01 PM
Last updated Friday, May 25, 2012 1:47 AM
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All four Richmond County State Court judges have recused themselves from presiding over Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason’s trial on domestic violence charges, according to court filings.

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Judges Richard Slaby, David Watkins, Patricia Booker and John Flythe cited in a Tuesday court order their recusal “to avoid the appearance of impropriety” if any presided over a sitting commissioner’s criminal trial.

The 10-member commission sets the budgets for state, superior and juvenile courts and the State Court solicitor’s office, which also recused itself from prosecuting the two-term commissioner.

Court filings did not indicate an alternate judge. The Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia named Fay McCormack, an Atlanta lawyer, to prosecute Mason at State Court Solicitor Charles Evans’ request.

Mason’s trial on misdemeanor charges of assault and battery against his wife had been set for Monday before either Watkins or Flythe, but Mason’s attorney, Freddie Sanders, requested more time.

Sanders filed a motion this week listing possible witnesses, including state Rep. Earnest Smith, D-Augusta; Augusta Commission member Bill Lockett; Mason’s daughter, Marquesia Mason, and son, Duane Taylor-Mason; his mother, Hazel Sturdivant; and his ex-wife, Tonia Mason.

Sanders has said that Mason was intervening in an argument between his wife and Marquesia Mason when the Dec. 23 incident took place.

According to earlier court filings, Mason’s wife, Velma Mason, told authorities that Mason tried to choke her because he “felt threatened” by a conversation she was having with a female friend.

Velma Mason also said she hoped to reconcile with her husband of two years.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/24/12 - 01:02 pm
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Twiddling

It seems to me that those judges should have recused themselves months ago.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/24/12 - 01:12 pm
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Recuse: Neat Word!

Recuse should be the motto of the commission anyway. In my definition it would mean not getting involved in anything they are charged to do and fighting like a bunch of lawyers to make sure nothing gets done! Who gives a crap about Alvin Mason???? Whoever hears the case will dismiss the charges anyway!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/24/12 - 01:27 pm
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Susan McCord wrote:

According to earlier court filings, Mason’s wife, Velma Mason, told authorities that . . . she hoped to reconcile with her husband of two years.

It's hard to reconcile with someone when you are fighting each other in court. Couldn't Mrs. Mason just drop the complaint and have the prosecutor stand down?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/24/12 - 09:46 pm
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Living in this county is like

Living in this county is like having a three ring circus and all of the side shows in one tent and all going at the same time.

happychimer
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happychimer 05/24/12 - 09:50 pm
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LL I don't think she can drop

LL I don't think she can drop the complaint. Didn't she try to get it dropped?

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Willow Bailey 05/24/12 - 11:49 pm
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It is my understanding the

It is my understanding the county can charge Mason whether his wife cooperates or not. The question is why do they want to? Politically motivated? Soapy is right about solving your own problems unless your intent is to have the other person arrested. Free Alvin.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/25/12 - 05:18 am
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DUUUH

It says..
All four Richmond County State Court judges have recused themselves from presiding over Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason’s trial on domestic violence charges, according to court filings.

Of course...he is probably the next MAYOR....they didn't just fall off the turnip truck....lol

my.voice
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my.voice 05/25/12 - 06:43 am
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For someone who is innocent,

For someone who is innocent, there sure is a lot of maneuvering to keep this sidetracked/derailed.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/25/12 - 07:51 am
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maybe just maybe an impartial
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maybe just maybe an impartial judge can hear the case and "next mayor or not" be punished for the coward he is by putting his hands on a woman. since he likes putting his hands on women why don't he wear "saggin/baggy" jeans, "timbos" and an oversized white tee shirt and a baseball cap turned sideways then he can fit in with the "homeys/thugs" around town

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/25/12 - 08:53 am
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They don't drop the charges
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They don't drop the charges because it shows people in a domestic violence situation the courts will prosecute if the police are called and an arrest is warranted. It also keeps people from wasting the police officers time with civil disputes and protects victims of DVA from being pressured into not testifying or into dropping the charges. Does it work 100%? No, of course not. If it saves one life though, it's one thing I don't mind my tax dollars paying for. A whole lot better than out of town commissioner conferences and gas cards...

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 05/25/12 - 06:17 pm
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Your wrong soapy...I know
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You're wrong soapy...I know plenty of masons and a few that are LEO. You don't know what you are talking about. You are also wrong about it going to court. Will it be tough? Yes, but the testimony of the arresting officer sometimes carry a lot of weight. I think you are implying things that aren't there because of some conspiracy in your head. 2 years ago I would have supported Alvin for mayor but he is so far out there now the only way I would vote for him is if I didn't have a choice.

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