Walker to wait for decision in prison

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Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker must await a decision on his appeal behind bars.

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In an opinion released this week, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied Mr. Walker's renewed request for bond pending a ruling on his appeal.

The granting of such a renewed request is rare, but Mr. Walker's attorneys hoped that after the oral arguments last month the federal appeals court might look at the issue differently.

Bond had been denied after he was sentenced last year.

The court's most recent decision was posted Tuesday without an opinion or further explanation, according to the court records.

The court is under no deadline to issue a decision on Mr. Walker's appeal. At the oral arguments, at least one member of the three-judge panel indicated that Mr. Walker's attorneys made a strong argument that his jury selection was tainted.

Mr. Walker was convicted in the U.S. District Court in Augusta of 127 criminal counts in June 2005.

Mr. Walker, who served the residents of Augusta for more than 20 years in both houses of the General Assembly and who was once mentioned as a gubernatorial candidate, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

He was also fined $150,000 and ordered to pay $698,000 in restitution.

A self-made millionaire, Mr. Walker was convicted of criminal charges related to his use of his political and professional positions to defraud newspaper advertisers, two public hospitals, campaign contributors and the CSRA Classic charity event that he co-founded.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

CHARLES WALKER


Once the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issues a decision on Charles Walker's appeal, the losing side can ask for a rehearing before the full court. The next step would be the U.S. Supreme Court.

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AugustaHeph homeowner
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AugustaHeph homeowner 04/06/07 - 07:11 am
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Walker does not deserve to

Walker does not deserve to get out of prison. If Duncan Fordham cannot get out and he was only caught up in the Brockman case. I'm sure most Augustans would agree to keep Walker behind bars. That is the problem now, he defrauded and stole from the Augusta area and no telling how much he took in Atlanta and other areas that he covered while in his MIGHTY high office. QUIT giving in to these people, they did the CRIME, then let them serve the TIME.....................
They do not deserve good, they did not do good for the people excpt their little cronies. Give me a break.

illini2
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illini2 04/06/07 - 07:52 am
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self-made millionaire? If I

self-made millionaire? If I had 20 years to steal taxpayers money I could be a self-made millionaire too. If you do the crime, don't be a coward, do the time.

sliique
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sliique 04/06/07 - 07:54 am
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I wonder how his absolutely

I wonder how his absolutely stunning wife is dealing with all this. She seems so nice.

getalife
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getalife 04/06/07 - 08:04 am
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Let him serve the sentence,

Let him serve the sentence, the prison time is probably not enough for all of the bad he did. He stole from the very people that supported him. If he stole here, there is no telling how much he stole while in Atlanta.

eeggers
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eeggers 04/06/07 - 08:11 am
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Black or white, he's a crook.

Black or white, he's a crook. Playing the race card is a sign of weakness...he's a weakened man. He exemplifies everything that is wrong with Augusta politics.

1234553647
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1234553647 04/06/07 - 09:04 am
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No Matter what is said

No Matter what is said negative about Mr. Walker there is just as many good things that can be said! TO GETALIFE! how can non perfect person make such a ingnorant commment like that. We make strong comments like he stole from his very supporters. You need to back that up! The only people that have negative feelings toward Mr. Walker is those who he didn't care for or deal with.l I guess that's why you didn't submit your names as well...His Family is doing very well and even better without all the negative comments!

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luckie 04/06/07 - 09:32 am
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The 127 counts against him is

The 127 counts against him is enough to back it up. He should not even be allowed to be a resident of Augusta for all the wrongdoing he did to the taxpapers and is part of the problem for the disgraceful political forum of this city.

NEone
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NEone 04/06/07 - 10:19 am
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To the No Lives: Since when

To the No Lives: Since when is there a scale to balance the good and the bad that determines what we say? The courts said he did 127 things that were deserving of prison. They did not say, "Well, he did 146,972 good things, so let's pretend the bad never happened." He earned his time in prison, let him stay there.

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feedup 04/06/07 - 10:20 am
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If you read the paper those

If you read the paper those accounts was for everyone that subscribe to his paper. They were trying to make is seem like he was this big bad person. What about all those crooks that is sitting on the commission board. Have the city forgive a bill for millions to house a plane. He shouldn't have never bought the plane if he didn't have any were to put it. Then Fred Russell only giving his friend ten day no pay. Come on know, you cll Mr. walker a cheat. Not to mention Betty Beard them signing a paper for clean up on 5th and Reynolds and never seeing a invoice for the work.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/06/07 - 10:21 am
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To the no lives---Not to

To the no lives---Not to mention all the advertising circulars he had customers print and the false circulation numbers he provided to get the revenue up. That's stealing anyway you look at it. It was always said that nothing got done without Walker's approval. Look at the mess he and Jack Connell made with the Augusta consilidation and commission.

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concernednative 04/06/07 - 10:23 am
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Unfortunately he got to

Unfortunately he got to greedy and arrogant. I think all politicians get a little bit of financial reward. That's why wealthy people spends millions to get elected because they know there is a pot at the end of the rainbow. However, Charles lost all discretion and thought he was above the law. That is why I am in favor of term limits. So these guys do not go overboard.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/06/07 - 10:33 am
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I agree, term limits would be

I agree, term limits would be a good thing for all. I also think a politician should not get retirement benifits for serving such a short time in office like some federal positions.

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rt1523c 04/06/07 - 11:07 am
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White or black, guilty or

White or black, guilty or innocent, does it matter? He has a nice smile!

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watching 04/06/07 - 11:10 am
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Once again, we see ignorance

Once again, we see ignorance from haters of Walker’s success. The facts remain and always will be this: Walker was charged with 5 crimes; the rest were only invoices. Three were related to MCG and Grady Hospital wherein the judges stated that these charges of filing late were state ethics charges at best. In addition, your evil and mean spirited comments have no factual bases. How did he steal tax payer’s money? None of the charges were from stealing anything from taxpayers. Furthermore, the judges couldn't find a single trace of stolen money from the CSRA Classic, neither could the jurors. This is evident by the not guilty verdict on tax evasion. He did more for Augusta than any other politician in Augusta (black or white) and you know it. The problem is that he was too powerful. He found that he was only 25 when he made his first couple of million. No politics there. Please help us understanding your gripe with Walker. And please let it be factual.

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jdcooper 04/06/07 - 12:15 pm
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Now if we can send Champ in

Now if we can send Champ in there to be bunkmates with him!

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stampman79 04/06/07 - 12:58 pm
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Sorry Watching but inflating

Sorry Watching but inflating newspaper circulation numbers to charge advertisers more is a crime. It's called mail fraud and that's one of the crimes that Charles Walker was convicted of. I think you need to get your facts straight. Are you sure your name isn't Gloria or Lowell Greenbaum?

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ForHim 04/06/07 - 01:07 pm
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To be successful, you must be

To be successful, you must be honorable. Charles Walker is not an honorable man. He stole taxpayer's money by defrauding hospitals - which makes our prices go up; he stole taxpayer money by filing false charitable organizataion tax returns - which means he did not use the money that was earmarked for charity for that charity and used it on himself; and now he is still affecting taxpayers because we are having to pay for his room and board to try and teach him that criminal activity is wrong.

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illini2 04/06/07 - 01:08 pm
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Poor Watching, touting the

Poor Watching, touting the success of a convicted criminal. In Illinois we took our past Govenor Ryan and threw his can in the slammer for stealing just like Walker got. No one is above the law.

rt1523c
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rt1523c 04/06/07 - 02:57 pm
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But what about his smile?????

But what about his smile?????

illini2
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illini2 04/06/07 - 03:23 pm
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Well rt1523c, remember the

Well rt1523c, remember the song "Smiling Faces"? I believe the lyric was "Smiling faces tell lies, they don't tell the truth." I rest my case.

Ga Peach
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Ga Peach 04/06/07 - 08:05 pm
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Listen jdcooper just leave

Listen jdcooper just leave Champ out of this it's not that type of party- bad things happen to good people- so watch what you say Mr. Good...

twman
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twman 04/06/07 - 10:28 pm
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The Kool-Ade guy has a nice

The Kool-Ade guy has a nice "smile" but he's still creepy

Ga Peach
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Ga Peach 04/06/07 - 11:52 pm
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lol

lol

sliique
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sliique 04/07/07 - 06:21 am
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Well....I would DEFINITELY

Well....I would DEFINITELY like to take Mrs Walker to dinner. And, for that matter, ANYWHERE else she'd go with me.

Ga Peach
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Ga Peach 04/07/07 - 09:13 am
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lol sliique

lol sliique

Ga Peach
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Ga Peach 04/07/07 - 09:14 am
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lol sliique

lol sliique

sorry charlie
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sorry charlie 04/11/07 - 03:45 pm
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I personally had some

I personally had some business dealings with Mr. Walker's staffing agency. He didn't take responsibility for decisions he made there--much like in every other area in which he was involved. He's just proof that God takes care of things in his own way. What goes around comes around.

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