Walker claims political conspiracy

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Former state Sen. Charles Walker alleges a vast conspiracy and poor defense work in a petition to set aside his federal conviction and prison sentence.

Charles Walker  File/Staff
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Charles Walker

Mr. Walker also filed a discovery motion in the U.S. District Courthouse on Tuesday. He contends that he can uncover the evidence of a selective, unconstitutional prosecution.

Mr. Walker, 61, is serving a 10-year prison sentence that began in 2005. He was convicted of conspiracy, mail fraud and filing a false tax return for the charity he co-founded, the CSRA Classic.

"There now exists substantial evidence that I, Charles Walker, was the victim of a selective politically motivated prosecution," Mr. Walker wrote in his petition.

The conspiracy allegedly began as early as 2001 when some Augusta-area Republicans and others gathered to develop a strategy to bring Mr. Walker down, he contends.

With two decades in the state House and Senate, Mr. Walker was one of the most powerful politicians in Georgia. He rose to Senate majority leader and was considered a possible gubernatorial candidate.

Mr. Walker alleges that state and national Republican politicians enlisted the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia to investigate him. Even after the federal prosecutor was chastised for abusing his authority in the case of another state Democratic politician, the investigation of Mr. Walker continued. He accuses The Augusta Chronicle's publisher, William S. Morris III, of participating.

He further contends that the lines of his Senate seat were changed in the push to unseat him. The district went from 65 percent majority black to 51 percent. Mr. Walker lost the 2002 election to a political newcomer who is now U.S. District Court Judge Randal Hall.

Mr. Walker regained the Senate seat in the next election. He contends that the timing of his indictment two weeks before the primary election was intentional.

Mr. Walker alleges that his trial lawyers failed him when they didn't seek to have U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. recused and the trial moved to another location.

Mr. Walker cites revelations that under President George W. Bush the Department of Justice made some hiring and firing decisions for political reasons. Mr. Walker also contends that 80 percent of political corruption cases during that period were pursued against Democrats.

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

The back story

Charles Walker became the highest ranking Georgia politician ever convicted. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence for 127 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and filing a false tax return for the charity he co-founded, the CSRA Classic. Mr. Walker was also ordered to pay more than $1 million in fines, fees and restitution.

At his 2005 federal trial, jurors found that Mr. Walker had looted the Classic, defrauded advertisers in his weekly newspaper, illegally kept some campaign funds and hid his ownership of a temp service to gain contracts with two public hospitals. Mr. Walker is scheduled to be released from prison on Sept. 26, 2014.

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ONLY THE TRUTH
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ONLY THE TRUTH 03/19/09 - 01:53 am
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At least Mr. Walker has

At least Mr. Walker has maintained his sense of humor while in prison!! I notice that he doesn't claim innocence just bad lawyers and a good prosecuter and setting on the wrong side of the aisle.

pthsssh
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pthsssh 03/19/09 - 02:34 am
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"Da Man did me in!" He needs

"Da Man did me in!" He needs to just shut up and stop costing us even more money.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 03/19/09 - 02:37 am
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Wonder how Roy Barnes

Wonder how Roy Barnes responded when he heard that Senator Walker claims in his most recent appeal that "his lawyers failed him?"

NEone
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NEone 03/19/09 - 03:43 am
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Maybe he should move to

Maybe he should move to Illinois. They seem to like crooked politicians there.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/19/09 - 03:52 am
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I hope he does get out or

I hope he does get out or better yet, a pardon. Richmond County's Legislative Delegation sure needs his help these days.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/19/09 - 04:16 am
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You've got to hand it to

You've got to hand it to Walker, every one of his claims are true. The lines of his district were changed. He was investigated by competent and experienced people and he was held accountable for his actions. I don't see how any of that will help him get an appeal, but he's definitely right in his claims.

message
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message 03/19/09 - 05:09 am
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Republicans knew you were the

Republicans knew you were the most powerful black elected official and after you told Augusta Chronicle you were running for Governor of Georgia thats when the heat came down on you by the feds." I know if you was giving a fair trial you would be on the outside and I never did figure out why would Charles Walker steal money from college football games when he is 2 times a millionare and has 5 temp agencies business across Georgia."If Charles Walker was never convicted he would be Georgia first black Democratic Governor and we would have never heard of a governor named Sonny Perdue.

pthsssh
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pthsssh 03/19/09 - 05:22 am
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Brad, Brad, Brad - I know we

Brad, Brad, Brad - I know we need some help, but can't we do better than that?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/19/09 - 05:23 am
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message, but he do be

message, but he do be convicted in a court of he peers. Evidence show he be was bad man.

bone
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bone 03/19/09 - 05:40 am
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LOL pt

LOL pt

Ole School
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Ole School 03/19/09 - 05:48 am
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YEAH ! LOON WE NEED HIM

YEAH ! LOON WE NEED HIM ALRIGHT ! that is what is wrong with this city/government nobody sees criminals for what they are ! quit seeing black and white and start looking for right and wrong !

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 03/19/09 - 06:34 am
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Excellent! I thought I had a

Excellent! I thought I had a great laugh yesterday, but two days in a row? Thanks AC. He's such a cry baby.

TechLover
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TechLover 03/19/09 - 06:57 am
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While walker is right that

While walker is right that the Repubs were out to get him, he played into their hands by being a crook. Serve your time like Williams and Schrenko. Probably should be joined by Burmeister.

RexHavoc
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RexHavoc 03/19/09 - 07:14 am
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Just do your time like a man

Just do your time like a man and shut up! Forget the evidence, it's always someone elses fault.

justus4
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justus4 03/19/09 - 07:46 am
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Of course it was a conspiracy
Unpublished

Of course it was a conspiracy and "we" have long known the intent: Stop Walker before he can run for Governor. The ignorant masses really don't like minorities in high places so, "they" believe ANYTHING that comes from the all-white-media & radio talkers who works in concert will the local law enforcement to harm people of color. Any detailed study of the Civil Rights Movement demonstrates the same tactics employed against MLK and others fighting for justice. The question that one should ask: Who benefits from Walker being out the picture? Then look at who benefitted after Walker got convicted. Wow! Walker's vindication will indeed come, but like so many other minorities who live here, the damage will have already been done.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/19/09 - 07:46 am
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Every person in that prison

Every person in that prison with him is there because it's someone else's fault and they were out to get them. They didn't do nothing wrong! See, justus proves my point!

karmakills123
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karmakills123 03/19/09 - 07:56 am
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conspiracy my azz.......the

conspiracy my azz.......the man is a low down stealing lying crook.......... and the idiots who stand up for him are of the same cut of cloth.......a crook is a crook.............seems like we have much of the same in Washington Dims are raping this Country and the people must fight back...POWER TO THE PEOPLE !!!!!!

ColCo
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ColCo 03/19/09 - 07:59 am
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As I recall Walker thought he

As I recall Walker thought he was politically untouchable and allowed democrats to change his district lines so that a more favorable district could be created for Champ to run for Congress. He got caught breaking the law, and if the Feds kept digging, I bet they would find more. They could start with ANIC, as $20 million of state funding remains unaccounted for.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 03/19/09 - 08:27 am
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give him a bigger hammer so

give him a bigger hammer so he can break some bigger rocks for the next 5-6 years

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/19/09 - 08:31 am
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At his 2005 federal trial,

At his 2005 federal trial, jurors found that Mr. Walker had looted the Classic, defrauded advertisers in his weekly newspaper. Isn't this similar to the AC getting paid by the click by advertisers who have no clue as to the disgusting content on the pages? After all, isn't the AC privately owned? Just points to ponder.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 03/19/09 - 08:35 am
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ITDoc, adjust your meds and

ITDoc, adjust your meds and wait a little while, then reponder.

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 03/19/09 - 08:38 am
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Once again an innocent black

Once again an innocent black man in ploitics has been unfairly judged first by the all white media, then the all white public and finally by the all white judicial system. None of the evidence used to convict this saint was true. This is a perfect example of how whites decided to destroy the career of a strong black man after allowing him over 20 years in the house & senate, enabling him to become one of the most powerful politicians in the state. Fortunately, this innocent man has a right to an appeal which will certainly over turn this erroneous conviction. This conspiracy included not only all those who testified against him, but the entire judicial system, all of the media and of course the jurors. Hopefully this great leader will be able to clear his name & return to politics very soon. I hoping for the 12th!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 03/19/09 - 08:42 am
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Putt, take two aspirin and

Putt, take two aspirin and lie down quietly, it'll pass!

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/19/09 - 08:46 am
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Mr. Thomas? lol. I am on no

Mr. Thomas? lol. I am on no meds, legal or illegal. I made not accusation nor allegation but a simple request for others opinions. Walker did the crime, he must do the time. Just like anyone else.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/19/09 - 08:47 am
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Note: the role of Justus4 is

Note: the role of Justus4 is being played today by I4PUTT due to a tremendous sense of humor. Nice one, lol.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 03/19/09 - 09:00 am
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lol putt !!

lol putt !!

420Time
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420Time 03/19/09 - 09:09 am
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BOSSHOG got caught.

BOSSHOG got caught.

1trugent
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1trugent 03/19/09 - 09:16 am
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Justus4, practically

Justus4, practically everyone who commits a crime votes Democrat, so why should it surprise you when a Democrat goes to prison? My question to you is, what crimes are you committing that you haven't got caught doing that guarantees you a spot in the slammer along with Mr. Walker and the other democratic criminals.

Hoss4
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Hoss4 03/19/09 - 09:31 am
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You would think that Justus4

You would think that Justus4 would be proud to have an honest and truly hard working black man in Ed Tarver representing him instead of the lying scumbag like Charles Walker. To answer your question Justus4, you benefited from Charles Walker getting caught stealing from his own people.

ITDoc
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ITDoc 03/19/09 - 09:33 am
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Justus4, practically everyone

Justus4, practically everyone who commits a crime votes Democrat, so why should it surprise you when a Democrat goes to prison?Posted by 1trugent on Thu Mar 19, 2009 9:16 AM. I must challenge your allegations. There are many inmates incarcerated that are GOP. Either provide the source for that inflammatory and horribly predjudiced statement or have enough courage to admit your mistake. I'll be glad to retract this if proven wrong.

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