Augusta circuit district attorney, chief judge have opposition this year

Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:00 PM
Last updated Friday, May 25, 2012 1:40 AM
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Augusta Circuit District Attorney Ashley Wright and Chief Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet each have opposition for re-election this year.

Augusta attorney and former municipal court judge Evita Paschall qualified Thursday in Atlanta to run as a Democrat against Wright, who qualified Wednesday as a Republican. The pair will face off on the November general election ballot in the circuit’s Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties.

Also on Thursday, Augusta Circuit Juvenile Court Judge Willie Saunders qualified to run for the Superior Court judgeship held by Overstreet.

Overstreet becomes the only one of five incumbent Augusta Circuit Superior Court judges to have opposition this year. Elections for the nonpartisan judgeships are
July 31.

Also opposed this year is Sen. Jesse Stone, R-Waynesboro, as perennial candidate Robert F. “Bob” Ingham qualified Thursday to seek the Senate post as a Democrat.

Ingham, a tax preparer and parliamentarian for the Richmond County Democratic Party, has twice sought a seat on the Augusta Commission, three times run for Richmond County Board of Education and in 2008 ran for Georgia governor, but has lost each attempt.

Stone is the only member of Augusta’s legislative delegation facing opposition this year.

Others to qualify Thursday included Hattie Holmes-Sullivan, who is running for Richmond County Clerk of Court.

Holmes-Sullivan, a judicial assistant to State Court Judge David Watkins, will face incumbent Elaine Johnson on the Democratic primary ballot July 31. No Republicans are seeking the post.

Also qualifying Thursday was Rick Allen, an Augusta businessman seeking the District 12 Congressional post held by Democrat John Barrow.

Allen is the fourth Republican to qualify for U.S. representative, joining Rep. Lee Anderson, of Grovetown, Augusta attorney Wright McLeod and Dublin attorney Maria Sheffield in seeking the July 31 Republican nomination to run against Barrow in November.

Candidate qualifying ends at noon today.

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zippy
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zippy 05/24/12 - 08:24 pm
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Seriously??? Evita Pascall

Seriously??? Evita Pascall doesn't even practice criminal law.

double_standard
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double_standard 05/24/12 - 10:11 pm
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Well zippy Ashley Wright

Well zippy Ashley Wright doesn't prosecute criminals. Look at the weak plea bargains that offices accept, if she were democrat Austin Rhodes would be all over like he does Overstreet on his weak sentencing.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 05/24/12 - 10:19 pm
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Wow...really? There are some

Wow...really? There are some real winners trying to unseat incumbents.

zippy
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zippy 05/25/12 - 06:41 am
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double..

I disagree. That office is aggressive especially on serious crimes. I would be interested in which specific cases you are talking about. If You compare that office with Danny Craig's you would find that its very consistant. Yet Craig's reputation was that as a tough prosecutor. As far as Overstreet. He is not as week as Austin would have You believe. But highlighting austins disagreements sells advertising. I'm voting for Wright and Overstreet. Its an easy decision.

whiteflighttocc1
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whiteflighttocc1 05/25/12 - 07:51 am
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mcleod
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zippy, why would you vote mcleod? he is goose that claims to be maverick. he little experience and is all about making money not serving people. he should focus on fixing his home owners associations he is in the process of running in the ground before jumping to somethign else. i wonder what will happen to those associations if he wins!!! They would probably be better off without him anyways.

As far as overstreet. i had jury duty which consisted of two days of watching him SLEEP on the bench. No exageration. He was asleep way more than he was awake. thats not they type of person i would vote for.

double_standard
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double_standard 05/25/12 - 09:01 am
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aggressive are you serious

The mother and son got life with no parole for a premeditated heinous crime and cover up. The DA's office took a plea that's a win for the defense. The young punks that killed the 81 year old man got similar plea deals with the posibilty of parole to two out of three. Those were clear open and shut cases for the needle.

zippy
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zippy 05/25/12 - 10:30 am
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As for the 81 year old man who was killed, go back and read the comments from that story. The family was consulted and apparently there were some issues with some evidence and the plea removed those concerns. The shooter is still waiting for his trial and the others have agreed to testify against the shooter as part of their plea. As for mother and son, they started as a death penalty case and pled guilty as charged in exchange for dropping the death penalty. If You are really keeping up with these cases you know how long it takes to try a death penalty case and the enormous expense it involves. Also You know how infrequent a person is sentenced to death locally. Just ask austin. I the Da did well to secure these convictions and removing the possibility of something going wrong at the trial and reducing the time and expense of a trial. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Great use of judicial resources.

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Fiat_Lux 05/25/12 - 01:29 pm
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The list

Keep Wright and keep Johnson.
Ditch Overstreet and Barrow.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/27/12 - 12:08 pm
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Keep wright, overstreet and

Keep wright, overstreet and Johnson. They are all good people..Austin doesn't like overstreet and I am sure overstreet does not pay any attention to him and why should he. Austin is not a judge and does not have a law degree.

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