Originally created 06/26/02

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Sheriff wanted winner strangled, witness says

ALBANY - Former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey wanted his successor strangled, but the men who carried out the slaying shot him instead to avoid a struggle, a witness testified Tuesday.

Patrick Cuffy, a DeKalb County jailer under Mr. Dorsey, has admitted he was part of the plot to kill Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, who was shot to death in December 2000. He was given immunity in exchange for his testimony.

Mr. Dorsey, 63, is accused of masterminding the slaying of Mr. Brown.

Plea offer rejected in church-abuse case

ATLANTA - Eleven members of the House of Prayer have rejected a prosecution offer that they accept sentences of five years of probation in the case of alleged beatings of children in the church.

The defendants, including the pastor, the Rev. Arthur Allen Jr., opted instead Monday to go to trial and face prison sentences on charges of cruelty to children and aggravated assault.

The 11 were indicted in January and pleaded innocent in March to the charges, which stemmed from two boys, then 10 and 7, alleging they were whipped by the adults under the direction of the Rev. Allen.

New parole-board head stresses accountability

ATLANTA - The new chairman of the Board of Pardons and Paroles used a public meeting Tuesday to say its officers and employees will be held accountable to the public.

Milton E. "Buddy" Nix, former head of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, was appointed to the Board of Pardons and Paroles two weeks ago after two members resigned amid an ethics controversy.

Barnes aide leaves to help in re-election

ATLANTA - Gov. Roy Barnes' top aide, Bobby Kahn, is taking a leave of absence from state government to work for Mr. Barnes' re-election campaign.

The announcement was made Tuesday, and the step was effective immediately.

Mr. Kahn, 44, has served as Mr. Barnes' chief of staff throughout the administration and before that was the primary political consultant and campaign manager for Mr. Barnes' gubernatorial campaign.