Solicitor says Merry outburst didn't cross line, won't revive case

Richmond County Solicitor Harold V. Jones II says public activist Woody Merry might have displayed bad behavior at last week's City Commission meeting, but it did not violate court restrictions from an altercation last year.

"The State does not believe that under all the surrounding facts and circumstances Mr. Merry’s case should be revived," Mr. Jones said in a news release Monday.

The Solicitor's Office interviewed commissioners and the mayor about Mr. Merry's outburst at a budget hearing Thursday, part of an effort to determine whether the activist violated the agreement to behave himself at public meetings.

Mr. Jones had said Friday he checked the court requirement from a 2008 simple battery case of Mr. Merry, and it said he could not act in a disorderly manner while attending any public meetings in Augusta. The Nov. 17, 2008 order is effective for one year, after which the case will be dismissed if Mr. Merry has abided by the terms.

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