Judge dismisses case against Palmer

Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 10:03 AM
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Augusta Magistrate Judge H. Scott Allen summarily dismissed the shotgun-pointing case against commission candidate James R. "Butch" Palmer today after his accuser, Elliot Davis, failed to show up for a pre-warrant hearing.

Mr. Palmer's attorney, Joe Neal, said he came prepared to show that Mr. Davis’ credibility is questionable. He's currently on parole, having served time in state prison on cocaine charges, and having been arrested last summer in a raid at an illegal boardinghouse Mr. Palmer has targeted in his neighborhood campaign against crime.

"He is the exact element that Butch has been fighting in the neighborhood."

Contacted by The Chronicle later in the day, Mr. Davis said, “It’s at three o’clock.”

Told the pre-warrant hearing was actually scheduled at 9 a.m. and that the case was dismissed because he didn’t appear, Mr. Davis said, “Man, they told me three o’clock.

“Well, okay,” he said. “He lost the election, so (forget) it.”

Mr. Davis has said in past interviews that he’s no longer involved with drugs. He said the accusation wasn’t a campaign smear, but a valid claim over Mr. Palmer aiming a gun at him.

He filed paperwork in September to take out a misdemeanor warrant, which if granted would have had Mr. Palmer led out of the courtroom Friday and booked in the Richmond County jail for pointing a gun at another.

Mr. Davis told police that as he drove past Mr. Palmer's Tuttle Street home Sept. 24 with his stereo on, Mr. Palmer pointed a shotgun at him and said, "Turn that music down, boy, before I shoot you." Mr. Palmer denied pointing the gun or calling the man "boy" and said it was Mr. Davis who launched degrading slurs at him that day.

Mr. Palmer, who came in third in Tuesday's election, said he's moving on with his efforts to help Matt Aitken, who he endorsed Thursday, get elected to the District 1 commission seat, as well as his efforts to get the commission to pass a Chronic Nuisance Properties Ordinance dealing with landlords who rent to crime-committing tenants.

"That's the only thing that's going to bring decency to Richmond County," he said.

who he endorsed Thursday, elected to the District 1 commission seat, as well as his efforts to get the commission to pass a Chronic Nuisance Properties Ordinance dealing with landlords who rent to crime-committing tenants.

"That's the only thing that's going to bring decency to Richmond County," he said.

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charliemanson
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charliemanson 11/06/09 - 11:27 am
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No need to appear in court

No need to appear in court when the damage has already been done.

jojo55
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jojo55 11/06/09 - 12:36 pm
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Matt and a few others should

Matt and a few others should want to work hand-n-hand with Mr. Palmer. Whom ever gets elected to District 1 and doesn't do a bang-up job, they will not win re-election and I will and many others will be laughing our butts off. I only hope come re-election time and a poor job was done by the person that was elected that Butch will run again and this time win for all of Augusta.

harrisburgwillrise
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harrisburgwillrise 11/06/09 - 12:39 pm
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Now we can get back to the

Now we can get back to the business at hand, continuing our efforts to enact a CNPO. Whoever is renting to Mr. Davis knows that he is a neighborhood drug dealer. We all do. This ordinance would hold the landlord accountable for who he rents to.

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Riverman1 11/06/09 - 06:10 pm
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Butch has guts and he's an

Butch has guts and he's an equal opportunity hater. He hates everyone messing up his neighborhood and district. He is the only one I've seen who gets whites and blacks supporting him. He'll be back in polictics hopefully.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 11/06/09 - 06:51 pm
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OK.. is it just me or does

OK.. is it just me or does anyone else find this a bit fishy? Mr Palmer endorses Aikten yesterday... today was the hearing and the accuser doesn't show up?? Naturally the case will be dismissed as it should have been to begin with but still.. it makes you wonder if someone wasn't using this to strongarm Palmer into making an endorsement of Aitken. I had my suspicions all along that someone connected with one of the other campaigns put this Davis guy up to this to get Palmer out of the race.. this only strengthens my suspicions... and then Davis' comment about "well he lost the elction.." really makes you ponder.. it's sounds like Mr Davis just admitted to making a politically motivated bogus accusation to harm Mr Palmer. I hope Mr Palmer sues. And I hope the court order Mr Davis to pay court fees for this charade... and by the way.. shouldn't this qualify as a violation of his parole?? Again, this kind of stinks if you ask me.. I would be willing to bet yesterday's endorsement had a lot to do with what happened today. Augusta.. this is how dirty the politics are.. I was hoping Mr Palmer could get in and clean things up.. but if ppl don't get out and vote.. the machine will always.

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/06/09 - 07:56 pm
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Never give up Butch!

Never give up Butch!

happythoughts
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happythoughts 11/06/09 - 08:58 pm
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It's okay now, forget it! Did

It's okay now, forget it! Did Davis forget how it felt at the other end of the barrel just because of an election? He should be made to pay every penny that was charged due to his claim.

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uncleshirt 11/06/09 - 09:44 pm
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Obviously, Davis has a

Obviously, Davis has a problem telling the truth along with his substance abuse problem. Maybe it won't be long before his behavior lands him back in jail. Harrisburg doesn't need or want people like this in OUR neighborhood. Thanks to Butch, Lori and the rest of Concerned Citizens who care enough to run for office and stand up to scum like this.

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