Judge denies Walker's appeal

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Former Georgia state Sen. Charles W. Walker lost another challenge to the federal conviction that sent him to prison for 10 years.

Charles Walker  File/Staff
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Charles Walker

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William T. Moore Jr. issued a 68-page decision that addressed each point and assertion raised by Mr. Walker, who contends that his 2005 conviction resulted from a conspiracy by his political enemies who sought to destroy him and other once-powerful Democrats in Georgia.

Mr. Walker was convicted of mail fraud, conspiracy and tax crimes.

Judge Moore denied Mr. Walker's petition because he failed to present any evidence that his assertions were true. Mr. Walker's claim that he was a victim of selective prosecution was barred because he did not bring the allegation forth on his initial appeal or prove he was entitled to an exception to the rule, Judge Moore ruled. Mr. Walker's claims of ineffective assistance of counsel also failed to convince Judge Moore that Mr. Walker had been unfairly tried and convicted. The evidence against Mr. Walker at trial, the judge noted, was overwhelming.

Mr. Walker, who represented a large section of Augusta for more than 20 years in the state Legislature and served as Senate majority leader until ousted from office temporarily in 2002, was convicted of 127 criminal counts in 2005 while he was a sitting state senator.

His federal trial in Augusta lasted 12 days, during which time the jury heard evidence that Mr. Walker used his political and professional positions to defraud newspaper advertisers, two public hospitals, campaign contributors and contributors to the CSRA Classic charity football event, which he had co-founded a decade earlier.

Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr., who presided over the trial, sentenced Mr. Walker to serve 10 years in prison. He also fined Mr. Walker $150,000 and ordered him to pay $698,000 in restitution.

Mr. Walker can appeal Judge Moore's ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

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

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Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/09/10 - 02:21 am
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That forehead should have its

That forehead should have its own zip code.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/09/10 - 03:58 am
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He has nothing better to do

He has nothing better to do with his time these days than compose appeals that will lose.

whatsupwiththat
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whatsupwiththat 01/09/10 - 08:53 am
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They sure do dress well in

They sure do dress well in prison.

kulay294
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kulay294 01/09/10 - 10:16 am
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Champ must be his lawyer

Champ must be his lawyer because he never has enough evidence on all his appeals.

NANF
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NANF 01/09/10 - 10:25 am
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Walker cheated and lied to a

Walker cheated and lied to a lot of people. He needs to set right where he is and eat the crow he deserves. Quitchercrabbin' and get a fork.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 01/09/10 - 10:49 am
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This career criminal is

This career criminal is exactly where he belongs. As a matter of fact, the baseless appeal should reset the clock, and deny time served in order to reset the clock and have him serve 10 more years. The longer he is in prison saves the CSRA from his attempts to revive his criminal enterprises.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 01/09/10 - 11:03 am
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Wonder why we don't have a

Wonder why we don't have a big letter from the Greenbaums complaining about the injustice of having Mr. Walker in prison? I remember seeing pictures of Charles and Lowell in the paper, and they seemed to be very close friends.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/09/10 - 11:07 am
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Don't forget that William

Don't forget that William "Rocky" Fennoy is closer to Charles Walker than Lowell Greenbaum ever was.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 01/09/10 - 02:25 pm
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He probably doesn't have that

He probably doesn't have that much time left. He probably just wants his rights back and not have to pay all that money.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/09/10 - 03:45 pm
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You notice there aren't any

You notice there aren't any comments on this from just nuts.

ColCo
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ColCo 01/09/10 - 04:37 pm
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Don't forget, ex-Governor Roy

Don't forget, ex-Governor Roy Barnes was one of his primary character witnesses.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 01/09/10 - 05:51 pm
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hehehe, these articles make

hehehe, these articles make me think of those "where are they now" shows on vh1.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/09/10 - 07:28 pm
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Sort of like who hates the

Sort of like who hates the boll weevil.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 01/09/10 - 07:38 pm
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You can see your reflection

You can see your reflection on his forehead.

stampman79
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stampman79 01/10/10 - 12:58 am
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Wonder when Obama will pardon

Wonder when Obama will pardon him? That's the only way he'll get out early.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/10/10 - 12:22 pm
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corgi, justus is recovering

corgi, justus is recovering from this and his recent politickin'. He had a lot of ground to cover.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/10/10 - 03:41 pm
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Walker's appeal lawyers are

Walker's appeal lawyers are laughing all the way to the bank.

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