Convicted man to get new trial

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An Augusta man sentenced to 100 years in prison will get a new trial.

Attorney John Taylor, who accepted an appointment to represent Lewis B. Brown on appeal, said the judge issued a ruling Friday granting Mr. Brown a new trial.

Mr. Brown, Leon Brown and Jerome Jordan were tried together in Richmond County Superior Court in June 2002. The two Mr. Browns, who are not related, were convicted of aggravated assault and other crimes, but Mr. Jordan was acquitted.

Leon Brown's case was appealed and his conviction was affirmed in 2004, but Lewis Brown's appeal fell through the legal system's cracks because he didn't have an attorney.

Judge Duncan D. Wheale, who inherited the case from a retired judge, appointed Mr. Taylor to represent Mr. Brown last year. After a July 8 hearing, Judge Wheale ruled that Mr. Brown's defense was presented so poorly that he did not have a fair trial.

After he was appointed to represent Mr. Brown, the trial attorney didn't file a single motion and did not investigate the facts of the case before going to court, Mr. Taylor said. He followed the other lawyers in the case and didn't present Mr. Brown's version of events, Mr. Taylor said.

Mr. Brown testified at the June 2002 trial that he went to Curtis and Gerald "Travis" Mance's home to buy marijuana and was shot.

The Mance brothers told investigators that three masked men broke through their front door and exchanged gunfire with Travis Mance.

Curtis Mance and Mr. Brown were both wounded.

A new trial date hasn't been set.

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

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Ole School
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Ole School 07/22/08 - 03:57 am
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You sleep with the dogs ,

You sleep with the dogs , your gonna get fleas !

Reality
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Reality 07/22/08 - 04:00 am
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The police should have

The police should have dropped him at the house again and let them kill each other...........

pofwe
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pofwe 07/22/08 - 04:42 am
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Who was Brown's incompetent

Who was Brown's incompetent trial lawyer? Tell us, we deserve to know lazy lawyers. Lazy lawyers have no right to anonymity.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 07/22/08 - 05:34 am
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ole school you know any good

ole school you know any good marijuana dealers, that are a little more high class we'll go to him instead. All drug dealers are a little on the sneaky side they have to be. But sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

nerthus
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nerthus 07/22/08 - 06:55 am
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I agree with pofwe who was

I agree with pofwe who was the attorney.

rufus
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rufus 07/22/08 - 07:56 am
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There are 4 attorneys listed

There are 4 attorneys listed for the defendants so it's hard to say who represented who. Jack Boone, Ronald Garnett, John Taylor and Pete Theodocion. Dunkin wheel is listed as the judge in the original case so he screwed up the first one not the mysterious retired judge

Jack09876
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Jack09876 07/22/08 - 08:39 am
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Judge Pickett was the trial

Judge Pickett was the trial judge, not Judge Wheale.

chacha2008
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chacha2008 07/22/08 - 10:34 am
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Stick it Pickett and now let

Stick it Pickett and now let them off the hook if they mame and kill Wheale. Hey Judge Wheale, you didn't give my poor hubbie a second chance and he didn't hurt anyone! Your ethics stink and you obviously have no conscience. How do you and your buddy Judge Flanagan sleep at night knowing how you both have mislead folks that your are honorable men! Your judgement day will come. Glad not to be either one of you liars.

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JimiBob 07/22/08 - 11:55 am
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None of u people have never

None of u people have never been to law school. i can just tell. U don't know the law. hahahahah

a different drum
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a different drum 07/22/08 - 01:56 pm
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100 years seems like a long

100 years seems like a long time for a conviction of aggravated assault and other crime.

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