Records show Walker, Williams were moved

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Charles Walker and Robin Williams, fallen pillars of Augusta's political landscape, might be using what they know to get out of federal prison earlier than 2014.

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Former state Sen. Charles Walker (shown) and former state Rep. Robin Williams are both serving time in federal prison.  File/Staff
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Former state Sen. Charles Walker (shown) and former state Rep. Robin Williams are both serving time in federal prison.

The former Georgia legislators are not in their assigned facility in Estill, S.C. Each is listed as being under a "federal writ," which means they've been taken somewhere to testify in federal court, U.S. Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman Felicia Ponce said Monday.

If a prisoner's help proves useful in a case, prosecutors can ask a federal judge to reduce his sentence. It's a convict's only motivation to cooperate, said Jack Long, Mr. Williams' attorney. Mr. Long said he wasn't aware his client had been moved, adding that defense attorneys usually aren't involved in the negotiations.

"Once you're in the control of the federal government, they do all sorts of things with you," he said.

Ms. Ponce said the bureau would not disclose where the men are or what agencies issued the writs. U.S. Attorney Edmund A. Booth Jr., whose office prosecuted them, said he wasn't aware they had been moved and doesn't know who had it done.

"You're telling me news I wasn't aware of," Mr. Booth said.

Like Mr. Long, the assistants for Ed Garland and Don Samuel, Mr. Walker's attorneys, were surprised when told of the move.

In 2006, Mr. Williams was moved from Estill to a county jail outside Montgomery, Ala., during the corruption trial of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. Mr. Williams never testified in the case, which ended with Mr. Siegelman's conviction.

Mr. Williams, 46, spent a decade as a state representative until Sue Burmeister unseated him in 2000. In 2005 he was convicted of 17 charges of conspiracy, bribery, theft, health care fraud and money laundering involving schemes that bilked more than $2 million from the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia. He's serving a 10-year sentence, as is Mr. Walker, 60, a former state Senate majority leader.

Once considered a gubernatorial prospect, Mr. Walker was convicted in 2005 of 127 felony charges, including using his clout and political position to cheat campaign contributors, two hospitals, advertisers in his Augusta Focus newspaper and the CSRA Classic charity event he founded.

He has exhausted his appeals and paid $200,000 in fines and court fees and nearly $700,000 in restitution.

Reach Johnny Edwards at (706) 823-3225 or johnny.edwards@augustachronicle.com.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 09/09/08 - 02:34 am
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That these two men might

That these two men might possess information which the United States might find useful in placing behind bars others of their ilk is not a s-t-r-e-t-c-h.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/09/08 - 04:47 am
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Robin Williams has been

Robin Williams has been snitching since the day he went to prison. Walker appears to be joining in now. I've had a long standing wager that Walker would never serve all his time. He will be back in Augusta and a political power once again.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/09/08 - 04:50 am
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These men were both deeply

These men were both deeply ensconced in political dirt and represent everything we (honorable people) hate about self serving politicians. They could easily testify about any one of dozens of similar people. Birds of a feather...

dickworth1
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dickworth1 09/09/08 - 05:21 am
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Someone in charge has to know
Unpublished

Someone in charge has to know what is going on and where these two criminals are located. Don't ask the defense lawyers,
they defended their position and tried to say these two were
not guilty!

pofwe
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pofwe 09/09/08 - 06:21 am
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When appeals don't work, ...

When appeals don't work, ... become a rat. Rats are not sources of truth. They are simply rats looking for someone else to take their place.

TheTruth
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TheTruth 09/09/08 - 06:39 am
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If Charles Walker ever gets

If Charles Walker ever gets to opportunity to run for political office again, it would demonstrate how corrupt our government system really is.

Reality
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Reality 09/09/08 - 06:42 am
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I am sure they are not

I am sure they are not suffering while incarcerated, put them on a chain gang and show them what any honest days work is like...

Reality
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Reality 09/09/08 - 06:58 am
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How many times did you vote

How many times did you vote for him???

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/09/08 - 07:02 am
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bleeds, your "group" will get

bleeds, your "group" will get many more chances to vote for this fine upstanding citizen.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 09/09/08 - 07:10 am
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As stated before, they are

As stated before, they are using their rights as citizens of this country, like it or not. As far as " Rats" are concerned. If not for so called " Rats' I am willing to bet that over half of most crimes would go unsolved. Some call them " Rats" some call them " Whistle Blowers". A matter of opinions. Before you blow a gasket and assign me to a " Group", I believe that all got what they deserved but also they have a right to do what ever the Justice System allows them to do.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 09/09/08 - 07:11 am
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At least Augusta had some

At least Augusta had some clout when our crooks were running the shop. Now all we get are cuts and bad news when it come to funding our public projects at the State level. And some on here were for throwing out Ben Harbin over a DUI, why don't we just consolidate with Atlanta so we can have some of our own tax dollars sent back to us here for a change? Walker could run ten years after his civil rights are restored. I had always predicted that he would be pardoned if Clinton was elected. No political price to pay in Georgia for it (solid Red State) and Walker raised so serious cash for the Democratic Party and Clinton in the 1990's. Our town is corrupt from our appointed boards to the Governor's Mansion.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 09/09/08 - 07:24 am
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Better duck Brad. :)

Better duck Brad. :)

426Hemi
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426Hemi 09/09/08 - 07:25 am
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Pat, more like "turds of a

Pat, more like "turds of a toilet sink together." Just hope they're not "floaters" and manage to wash up on the shores of Augusta!

4725
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4725 09/09/08 - 07:35 am
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aren't you barred from

aren't you barred from seeking public office with a federal conviction ?

stillamazed
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stillamazed 09/09/08 - 07:38 am
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Walker doesn't deserve a

Walker doesn't deserve a pardon and Clinton would be an even bigger fool if she did ever pardon him, so what if he raised money for the campaign, he turned around and stole and lined his own pockets with local money. They both deserve to serve every day of their sentences......

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 09/09/08 - 07:58 am
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There is a lot of difference

There is a lot of difference in a rat and a whitsle blower. A whistle blower tells a wrong that has been done on his own. He doesn't wait until he has been convicted of 127 charges to blow the whistle (rat). Leave it to Hypo to defend these two low life rats. Must be the lberal education that you recieved.

tnjsw
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tnjsw 09/09/08 - 08:03 am
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Keep then both in prison

Keep then both in prison until it is time for their release. Not to hard to understand.

christian134
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christian134 09/09/08 - 08:09 am
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Keep them where they

Keep them where they belong...Too often the system allows this scum to slime their way out of jail and back into mainstream society...Let them stay put...Find other ways of nailing the others out there...

ibewalkintamemphis
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ibewalkintamemphis 09/09/08 - 08:20 am
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yeah, bleeds 127 shaky

yeah, bleeds 127 shaky CONVICTIONS (not charges). Yep, you are definitely one ot "THAT" group!

justus4
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justus4 09/09/08 - 08:56 am
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Walker's conviction was
Unpublished

Walker's conviction was extremely tainted and politically motivated and everybody know this. This is directly associated with a Republican Justice Department that operated along party lines and the facts are always slow to the ignorant. Just watch the folks responsible run for the tall grass.

christian134
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christian134 09/09/08 - 09:08 am
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justus your really quite

justus your really quite something else...Wow and folks wonder why so many find the Obama and his followers to be...uh...something else...

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 09/09/08 - 09:13 am
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GEORGIA1, read carefully you

GEORGIA1, read carefully you [filtered word]. I did not defend them. What I did defend, if you want to call it that, is the Justice System. See even if you [filtered word] got accused of doing something wrong, or even convicted of wrong doing, you have certain rights under OUR system of Justice. So idiots like you should read carefully before running your mouths, to prove what idiots you are.

christian134
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christian134 09/09/08 - 09:25 am
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Having a bad day

Having a bad day Hypo?...Settle down some your apt to have a stroke...Oh by the way stay safe out there...My own firefighter was fighting a bad high-rise fire last week...Praise God for their safety and for good equipment...

KingJames
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KingJames 09/09/08 - 09:29 am
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This story was meant to start

This story was meant to start an argument. Both men are part of the penal system now. Even their prosecutor has stopped keeping tabs on them. The AC's constant reminders, especially about Walker are terrible. No one with even a small connection to him can ever do anything without the AC bringing up his downfall. Both men are locked away. Let them serve their time in as much peace as one could possibly get behind bars. God knows when they are finally released they will come back to an always unforgiving Augusta. Whatever little comforts they might enjoy with incarceration will surely be destroyed when they are finally freed and have to come back to Augusta and deal with you all and the AC hounding them. Both men have been in prison for 3 years and the AC won't let them become distant memories of a troubled past. The problem is that you all play right into the editor's hands by getting upset all over again. Let them pay their debt to society. I for one am sick of being reminded about criminals who are locked away. The AC should reconsider ever doing another story on either man. Stories that constantly remind us of corruption make the city itself look bad.

WW1949
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WW1949 09/09/08 - 09:33 am
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WAlker stole and Willams

WAlker stole and Willams stole. Why do so many still defend Walker. I know why and that is not good for Augusta or any place. Come out from behind the rose colored glasses.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/09/08 - 09:50 am
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Considering the records

Considering the records section of the newspaper is full of criminals doing half the time or less that they were sentenced for, I am glad the Chronicle is keeping tabs on Walker/Williams. These two people caused a lot of damage on many levels. I don't personally know anyone that will be happy if they come back to Augusta after they get out. I want to know where they are during their "incarceration" (or "vacation" depending on how you look at it) and I definitely want to know anytime they are outside the walls of the institution (Estill) they are SUPPOSED to be jailed in. I want to thank the Augusta Chronicle for this report. Find them. I hope they ARE snitching if a Federal writ has them out from behind bars. Wouldn't it be nice if they knew something about the drug-trafficking in our area and could get it shut down? I suspect we've only seen the tip of the iceberg.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/09/08 - 09:54 am
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Wouldn't it be a great story

Wouldn't it be a great story if we could find out what they knew after it has proved useful in a case? Who knows, it might have a domino effect on other open cases.

ibewalkintamemphis
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ibewalkintamemphis 09/09/08 - 10:14 am
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I heard they were vacationing

I heard they were vacationing in MeX!

jack234
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jack234 09/09/08 - 10:22 am
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christian1234: As an

christian1234: As an independent, I think Walker was as guilty as sin but trying to connect Obama with Walker is a bit of a stretch. Is there some underlying vent here that you are not telling us about. You are leaving everyone confused with your
9:08 post. Have a blessed day and try to be a real Christian and love your neighbors as yourself. LOL LOL

christian134
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christian134 09/09/08 - 10:29 am
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I have to love my neighbor as

I have to love my neighbor as so should you dear jack234 but I don't have to like the act of liars, deceivers and con-men or women...As far as laughing out loud that is not very nice of you is it?...:-) As far as justus is concerned I don't have to like the extreme racist remarks that little person comments but I suppose it must be just all right in you play book of life...That is just fine also...I also want you to concentrate on your "real" Christianity for awhile it just might enlighten...

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