Court rejects sheriff's appeal

  • Follow Latest News

Georgia’s Supreme Court has rejected Lincoln County Sheriff Gerald Lawson’s appeal of lower court rulings that he must turn over funds generated by inmate telephone calls to the county commission.

The high court’s refusal to hear the case ends the sheriff’s appeal options and a two-year dispute with the county commission, according to Commission Chairman Walker Norman, who said in a news release today that the matter has cost taxpayers about $30,000 in legal fees.

In 2006, Sheriff Lawson stopped turning over profits from the inmate telephone system and deposited them in an account that he controlled, according to Mr. Norman. In 2007, Superior Court Judge Penn McWhorter concluded that the commission has the authority to require the sheriff to turn over that money to the county, but Sheriff Lawson appealed that ruling to the state Court of Appeals, which upheld the Superior Court order in a July 11 ruling.

The sheriff then appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Comments (8) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
megoldman
0
Points
megoldman 10/29/08 - 10:03 am
0
0
I know Walker Norman from my

I know Walker Norman from my childhood and I would not turn the money over to him either. Hopefully one day Lincoln County will run this politican run off office for good.

areyoukiddinme
1
Points
areyoukiddinme 10/29/08 - 10:49 am
0
0
Maybe Lincoln County is like

Maybe Lincoln County is like every other....The Sheriff's Dept. is the last on the list when it comes to money, but the first one you call when the crap hits the fan...

augdowg
0
Points
augdowg 10/29/08 - 10:53 am
0
0
Who cares ? IF that is ALL

Who cares ? IF that is ALL he is screwin the tax payer for,..let him have it !! sounds like a ..petty thieft to me...

nofrills
0
Points
nofrills 10/29/08 - 11:45 am
0
0
Walker Norman is a thief and

Walker Norman is a thief and a liar and the good people of Lincoln county need to wake up and see him for just what he is a thief and a liar who will tell you what you want hear and then turn around and tell me what I need to hear but neither side hears the truth.

J.W.
2
Points
J.W. 10/29/08 - 12:11 pm
0
0
nofrills--sounds like the

nofrills--sounds like the typical definition of a politician to me!

tomahawk
0
Points
tomahawk 10/29/08 - 03:33 pm
0
0
This all may be moot next Tue

This all may be moot next Tue when the sheriff gets the big boot he deserves by the voters.He has been nothing but a trouble maker and divider since he took office. I am sure his legal bill to the county which is not covered by insurance will be another 30-45K more the taxpayers have to pay.

Getitright
0
Points
Getitright 10/29/08 - 04:07 pm
0
0
Guess Lawson know knows he is

Guess Lawson know knows he is not GOD, never was able to seperate Church and State during his and his family's run for office. GO BEGGS

Georgiajack
0
Points
Georgiajack 10/29/08 - 06:46 pm
0
0
I reside in Lincoln County

I reside in Lincoln County and I feel the sheriff should pay the cost of his appeals. Sheriff Lawson was a big mistake.

Back to Top

Top headlines

Christmas Eve storm possible

ATLANTA - Forecasters say strong storms, some with the potential for isolated tornadoes, are possible over large parts of Georgia on Christmas Eve.
Search Augusta jobs