Former parole officers acquitted

Thursday, July 30, 2009 2:23 PM
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Sitting as judge and jury, Superior Court Judge James G. Blanchard Jr. acquitted two former parole officers of all charges this afternoon.

Joshua Stephens and Terrell Yelverton were indicted on charges of false imprisonment and making false statements for their actions during three incidents from late 2004 through December 2005. They testified this week that they considered their actions justified in order to either do their jobs or to protect themselves from potential violence.

Mr. Stephens was fired in March 2006 after an internal investigation by the Board of Pardons and Paroles. Mr. Yelverton resigned in lieu of firing the same month.

Mr. Stephens, whose father is the sheriff of Emanuel County, is a deputy sheriff there. Mr. Yelverton went back to school and earned a degree in nursing.

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colcamp1
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colcamp1 07/30/09 - 02:37 pm
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This is no shocker. I guess

This is no shocker. I guess daddy does not care about the citizens of his county.

the realest
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the realest 07/30/09 - 02:42 pm
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Im assuming you are not up on

Im assuming you are not up on the definition of acquitted. Google it

_fullmetaljacket
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_fullmetaljacket 07/30/09 - 02:42 pm
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Good job judge, Right won out

Good job judge, Right won out this time!

justus4
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justus4 07/30/09 - 03:18 pm
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Told ya! Justice, in most
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Told ya! Justice, in most cases is subjective. These decisions are easily predetermined, not by the facts, but the empathy for the accused.

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robaroo 07/30/09 - 04:42 pm
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They admitted they did it,

They admitted they did it, and were acquitted anyway? What kind of judge would make that decision?

bigun49
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bigun49 07/30/09 - 05:38 pm
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robaroo- were you there? The

robaroo- were you there? The only thing they admitted to was doing their job, and yes they were acquitted of all of the charges. The supposed abuseees never even filed a complaint or charges against either of them...fishy, huh?

bigun49
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bigun49 07/30/09 - 05:41 pm
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justus4 - IF you had any idea

justus4 - IF you had any idea what the parole officers' job actually entailed, AND you had heard the evidence, then YES you would understand empathy for the accused....

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 07/30/09 - 05:47 pm
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"considered their actions

"considered their actions justified in order to either do their jobs or to protect themselves from potential violence". What part did you miss robaroo? Justass, ...empathy? Isn't that what Sotomayer said? Not the letter of the law but "empathy? PS. sorry Joe Bowles called you an idiot...NOT!

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STAK 07/30/09 - 07:31 pm
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I know Terrell Yelverton and

I know Terrell Yelverton and spent years as his co-worker prior to his becoming a parole officer and i was SHOCKED when these charges came out....i know Terrell to be a man of unwavering integrity and outstanding character. It was something i admired in him very much. What i am not surprised by is this acquital.

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jrallen1962 07/30/09 - 07:44 pm
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I know both Josh Stephens and

I know both Josh Stephens and his father. Both are upstanding law enforcement officers. It was a great day in Richmond County when Judge Blanchard set the officers home with their records clean. Law enforcement officer put their life on the line everyday to protect you from the scum of the earth and yet some never think to be grateful for their work. Colcamp1 I hope you never need help from the law enforcement community because they might hurt your feelings. THANKS TO JUDGE BLANCHARD FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!

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Asitisinaug 07/30/09 - 11:34 pm
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The judge made the proper

The judge made the proper decision based on the evidence. These guys also have thankless jobs and are inappropately judged every day by media and persons who haven't a clue.

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Georgiajack 07/31/09 - 01:54 pm
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Two very dedicated officers

Two very dedicated officers doing a thankless job for not much pay---Judge Blanchard should be commended.

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