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Solicitor requesting special prosecutor in Mason battery case

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 4:07 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 5:01 AM
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The office of solicitor general for Richmond County is recusing itself and requesting a special prosecutor in the domestic violence case against Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason.

State Court Solicitor Charles Evans said Tuesday he is drafting a request for Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens to appoint a special prosecutor in the case against Mason.

Mason, 49, was arrested Dec. 27 on a single count of battery against his wife at their Hephzibah home Dec. 23.

Velma Mason told deputies that the commissioner grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against the wall during an argument that turned physical, according to an incident report.

Mason was allowed to turn himself in at the Richmond County Jail with a pre-set $1,200 bond on Dec. 27 by Chief State Court Judge Richard Slaby. Slaby said he agreed to the arrangement because the victim had indicated no history of violence and that she wanted to continue contact with her husband.

Evans said he expected Olens' office to name someone from outside Augusta to prosecute Mason.

The Augusta Commission sets the budget for the Solicitor's Office, which prosecutes most DUI, traffic, domestic violence and other misdemeanor cases.

Mason, who has not returned calls requesting comment, was first elected to the commission in 2007. In 2009 the commission voted him mayor pro tem, a title he held for two years.

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David Parker
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David Parker 01/03/12 - 05:27 pm
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I'm just askin. Are they

I'm just askin. Are they getting an outside prosecutor b/c the one that would typically handle this would be overly-sympathetic to Mr. Mason or b/c they would scrutinize him unfairly?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/03/12 - 05:35 pm
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Either one, TVVeedie.

Either one, TVVeedie.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/03/12 - 05:37 pm
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Charles Evans could save the

Charles Evans could save the price of a stamp and include another request for special prosecutor in the Neal battery case.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/03/12 - 05:53 pm
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Waste of taxpayer money. I

Waste of taxpayer money. I gues the Solicitor General is one of Mason's buds. Whatever happens this "amigo" of the Commission's four will come out without a scratch!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/03/12 - 06:30 pm
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Don't know why the prosecutor

Don't know why the prosecutor recused himself. How long would getting a special prosecutor drag this out......until after the elections?

Anyway, what I want is for the local judges, especially Slaby, to recuse themselves too. I've got a feeling the fix is already in. Maybe that's why the prosecutor is bowing out. Didn't want to waste his time prosecuting an already decided loser of a case? I do so love a good conspiracy.

Any decent reporter would have asked the prosecutor why they were recusing themselves and would have printed the answer or dug until they found one.

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check 01/03/12 - 06:48 pm
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Here's why: "The AUGUSTA

Here's why: "The AUGUSTA COMMISSION SETS THE BUDGET FOR THE SOLICITOR'S OFFICE, WHICH PROSECUTES most dui, traffic, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and other misdemeanor CASES."

Conflict of interest.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/03/12 - 06:51 pm
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Sweet son, your comment and

Sweet son, your comment and others sharing your sentiment are the reason Charles Evans has made this request. His office is in a damn if he's found guilty, damn if he's not, predicament. Citizens will criticize regardless of the outcome.

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Riverman1 01/03/12 - 07:13 pm
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Kind of cheesy for

Kind of cheesy for Copenhaver-Boardman to come out with this code of conduct thing after Mason got arrested. If he had any guts he would have told Mason to calm down when he was persecuting everyone before the Commission. Nevertheless, Free Alvin is my bumper sticker. He didn't need to be arrested.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/03/12 - 07:15 pm
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Fresh eyes are needed to

Fresh eyes are needed to examine the mess that is A-RC government.

Dipshot
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Dipshot 01/03/12 - 07:33 pm
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I wonder if they will ask for

I wonder if they will ask for a special prosecutor if charges are brought against joe Neal Jr since he worked in the DA's office for 3 years as an asst DA

David Parker
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David Parker 01/04/12 - 09:43 am
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What happened to the days

What happened to the days when everybody trusts everybody to do the right thing and we are all in this with a common goal? Basically when Little House on the Prairie went off the air, everything went to pot. :0

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 01/04/12 - 11:53 am
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Agree with you

Agree with you tvveedie...what a good show!

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