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Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason's charges won't be prosecuted, judge rules

Mason case over

SUSAN MCCORD/STAFF
Commission Alvin Mason talks to reporters after the hearing.
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 10:23 AM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 1:54 AM
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Augusta Commission member Alvin Mason said he got the “best possible outcome” when a visiting judge agreed to dismiss assault and battery charges and laid aside a family violence charge against him Thursday.

Burke County State Court Judge Jerry Daniel agreed to appointed prosecutor Fay McCormack’s recommendation on the misdemeanor charges, which stemmed from a December incident involving Mason’s wife.

McCormack, who was named prosecutor after Richmond County solicitors recused themselves to avoid the appearance of a conflict, said the state had performed “an intensive evaluation” of the facts before deciding to drop and dead-docket the charges.

“We have determined that we will not continue with this case,” said Mc­Cormack, the traffic safety resource coordinator for the Prosecuting Attorneys Council of Georgia.

The December incident – in which Mason’s wife told a 911 operator that her husband “put his hands on me,” then told Richmond County deputies Mason grabbed her by the neck during an argument – doesn’t go away entirely. Dead-docketing the family violence charge means it will remain on the books, “to keep it in case anything would happen in the future,” said Charronne Adams, the Burke County victims’ advocate who assisted with the case, before Daniel agreed to the disposition.

After the hearing, Mason was grim.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he said. “It’s a very unfortunate situation to everyone involved.”

Neither Mason nor his attorney, Freddie Sanders, would acknowledge whether the commissioner and his wife remain together. They sat separately at the hearing.

“I don’t owe that to anyone,” Mason said. “That is between family, and that is where that would stay.”

Sanders, now the Republican nominee for Richmond County sheriff, said the outcome was the proper resolution to what was “an unfortunate incident.”

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/06/12 - 10:33 am
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And all is well

Didn't we expect this outcome....wasted time......Now on with the show.......aren't they back together anyway....:)

Newsflash
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Newsflash 09/06/12 - 10:36 am
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hmmmm..........

Stay tuned...........Whats down in the well will come up in the bucket. Visiting prosecutor and visiting judge ? Lets hope this was a fluke but i ain't betting the farm on it.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 09/06/12 - 10:46 am
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Based on what actually happened...

...this was the only possible solution.

Mrs. Mason was wrong to call the cops, but hey, ticked off women (and men for that matter) rarely make wise choices.

Mason was aggressively preventing a SERIOUS physical interaction when he "put his hands on his wife" and anyone who was there will tell you that.

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 09/06/12 - 10:50 am
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Mason was aggressively

Mason was aggressively preventing a SERIOUS physical interaction when he "put his hands on his wife"

In other words, Mason's wife was about to whoop his a--, when he grabbed her by the throat. That is all I can deduct from this. I would suppose the same excuse could have been used if he had killed her.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 09/06/12 - 10:56 am
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heh heh heh......what a

heh heh heh......what a surprise. You said it Newsflash.....when it happens again I've got no sympathy for her.

If this was the average Joe, he would just about be finishing his jail term and starting his 5 year probation.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/06/12 - 11:01 am
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Similar

When I was vacationing in the SF Bay area this past June, I picked up a copy of the San Francisco Chronicle and noticed a story with similarities to the Mason case.

It involves the sheriff of San Francisco. Apparently, out there the sheriff reports to the mayor, because the mayor had suspended the sheriff until an ethics panel could rule on a domestic violence case against the sheriff.

Here are the cast of characters:

Ed Lee — mayor of San Francisco
Ross Mirkarimi — sheriff of San Francisco
Eliano Lopez — Mirkarimi’s wife
Ivory Madison — neighbor of Mirkarimi & Lopez

Here is the story:

Madison filed a complaint with San Francisco police on behalf of Lopez, saying that Lopez and husband Mirkarimi had had a fight. Madison said Lopez confided in her the day after the fight with Mirkarimi.

Madison took a short video of Lopez tearfully talking about her marital problems and showing a bruise on her upper arm. Lopez said she wanted the footage used in case she got into a custody fight with Mirkarimi.

Police charged Mirikarimi (the story does not say what the charge was), and Mirikarimi plead down to one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment of a spouse. He was sentenced to three years of probation and to complete domestic violence intervention classes. Mirkarimi admitted that he bruised his wife’s arm.

Lee suspended Mirkarimi from his duties as sheriff, saying, “I just think that the violence against a spouse was not appropriate for occupying that office.” Mirkarimi filed an appeal for reinstatement, hence the ethics panel hearing.

Lopez and their son have been living in Venezuela since the incident, but she made this statement to the newspaper: She never intended the video to be released and has chastised prosecutors and the mayor for going after her husband in what she described as a coup d’etat.

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Do you see some similarities with the Mason case? When domestic violence is reported, police respond and gather evidence. Prosecutors act on that evidence. The trouble is, in both Mirkarimi's case and Mason's case, the spouses later wished to withdraw the complaint, but the prosecutors would not let them. These prosecutors seem overzealous. Once the spouses have had a chance to reflect, and then ask to have the complaint withdrawn, the prosecutors need to take that into account.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 09/06/12 - 11:07 am
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LLamb

I agree....only the 2 of them know what happened....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/06/12 - 11:16 am
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Update

Here is an update I found on the web today:

Case before Board of Supervisors

Mirkarimi is still in limbo. Oh, by the way, the story says Markarimi was suspended without pay. That's unusual these days.

Jake
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Jake 09/06/12 - 11:43 am
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Dang LL

I was so tired of seeing that case in the paper out here day after day and now you have to remind me of it here in the Augusta paper, LOL!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/06/12 - 11:50 am
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Oooops

Sorry, Jake. I'll bet it was annoying how the thing dragged on in the news out there. What was the time line — incident in December, charged in January, plead in March, sentenced in April, suspended in May, Ethics Board hearing in June, Board of Supervisors hearing due in September, ruling due in November ? ? ? Something like that?

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 09/06/12 - 12:02 pm
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He was keeping two members of his family from coming to blows...

...and he was a BYSTANDER.

Some of you people need to listen to the radio a little more.

bigclaude
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bigclaude 09/06/12 - 12:51 pm
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Some of you people need to

Some of you people need to listen to the radio a little more.
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And why is that Austin? So your station can bombard the listeners with its excessive advertisements during the local programming blocks? We will be lucky if we learn anything besides who has bought ad time at your station.

allhans
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allhans 09/06/12 - 01:18 pm
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And Mason's attorney...

Freddie got some face time on camera...

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/06/12 - 02:31 pm
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Power vs. the Average Guy

Power Click people always seem to get a little more attention whether good or bad, depending who is in power.

BTW: Listen to more radio commentary?
Personally I share a very popular belief that less Radio commentary during the Democrat primary and the Roundtree / Peebles run off would have changed things for many Silas voters.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/06/12 - 02:20 pm
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Stairwell

I hope none of those people on the stairwell behind Mason mis-stepped when they got to the bottom.

BTW: The Silas voters were too few in number to make a difference.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/06/12 - 02:21 pm
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Tasteless

Was he actually wearing his commissioner lapel pin in the courtroom? Tacky.

Newsflash
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Newsflash 09/06/12 - 02:48 pm
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Austin says ...and he was a BYSTANDER.

bystander.... A person who is present at an event without participating in it . I tell you what Austin.........I'll listen to a little more radio if you will check out a dictionary from time to time. A bystander by definition stands by and does not get involved...E.g innocent bystander. "putting his hands on his wife" is not the same thing...........And say hello to Ol' Newsflash cause I'm tuning in pard.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 09/06/12 - 02:53 pm
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Off topic...2400 Votes

when an election is lost by 477 +/- votes the 2400++ Silas votes would have made a difference.

ringmel1968
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ringmel1968 09/06/12 - 03:13 pm
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Mason will continue to keep his head held up HIGH

Mason knew nothing was going to happen to him.
Little Lamb, This whole thing was "Tasteless".

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 09/06/12 - 03:33 pm
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He was a bystander...

...UNTIL he had to intervene...then he became a Good Samaritan. Or as he put it months ago..."a peacemaker".

Actually, PEACEKEEPER may be the more accurate term.

Oh...and Open Curtain...I sure hope that check the Roundtree people wrote me clears...because dang...our plan sure worked!

BwwwwHaaaaHaaaaHaaaa!

(8% for Silas in the July primary? I have seen dead bodies that draw better)

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 09/06/12 - 04:12 pm
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The full term....

The full term for "nol prosse" is "nolle prosequi".

allhans
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allhans 09/06/12 - 04:15 pm
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The role of spoiler happens

The role of spoiler happens ..Folks will vote knowing the candidate can't win.
It was apparent from the beginning that IF a runoff happened it would be Peebles-Roundtree. Yet, there are those who voted for the minor candidates in the race.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/06/12 - 04:23 pm
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Now Mason can concentrate on
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the business of ARC. He was soooo distracted by this personal hiccup. Contracts, bids, levitated parking garages, leaking roofs, lawsuits from contract bids, illegal prayer meetings, violence and mayhem in the CBD, electing a black sheriff, running for mayor, picking up garbage once a week for twice the rate, running for mayor, placating his constituents and purchases of clown makeup. Real stuff.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/06/12 - 04:27 pm
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"nolle prosequi"
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Latin for "We didn't give a ____ in the first place". I thought he was a "relationship counselor"? Is Mason a Mason? Where were his brothers?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/06/12 - 04:30 pm
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Our commissioner are so distracted
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by the constant requests that they leave their day jobs as clowns and pursue public service. That in itself is enough to cause trouble at home. Who's makeup is this, mine or yours?

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 09/06/12 - 04:45 pm
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The Law In The Name Of Justice Or In The Name Of Honor

Hopefully this matter was Settled with the upmost in integrity with the law, because the parties involved making the decisions that they made will come up in another situation in the future. We the public don't want to see any double standards with the law. For the record I do think that the public is owed an expernation of what really happened and why scence no punishment was handed out. Mr Freaddy Sanders is running. for Richmond County Sheriff incident think this is very bad on his record, and send a bad omen of how he plans to run the Sheriff department. We don't want to see any more of the good ole boys  environment situation in the CSRA. Yeah just like on T.V. in the town of Mayberry N.C. The Sheriff answers to the Mayor. If something dose happens maybe we will see Mayor Charles De Vaney have something to say rather than Fred Russell making a statement to the press. 

scgator
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scgator 09/06/12 - 04:47 pm
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Aside from the topic at

Aside from the topic at hand...................Alvin Mason is the least functional commissioner ever; the only thing he has accomplished is keeping his name in the media.

CryoCyberTronics
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CryoCyberTronics 09/06/12 - 04:49 pm
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Yeah I ment to say Mayor Deak

Yeah I ment to say Mayor Deak Copenhagen .

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/06/12 - 04:56 pm
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Chaw

Have a plug on me.

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