What’s next in the Victor Hill saga? A lot of waiting

Before you get your underwear in a twist about Victor Hill and Clayton County, consider that this saga has miles to go before we weep.

First, a quick review of the situation from my AJC colleague Rhonda Cook:

Former Clayton County sheriff Victor Hill has reclaimed the office he lost four years ago despite 37 pending felony charges that accuse him of using his government office and his 2008 campaign to enrich himself.

With only one precinct uncounted, Hill was ahead. But the charges he’s facing make it uncertain whether he will take office in January because the governor could suspend him until he goes to trial.

“Don’t be sorry for me. Be sorry for Clayton County,” Democratic incumbent Kem Kimbrough said. “I’ll be fine but there are a whole lot of people’s lives that will be affected by this and maybe they have to see this for themselves. It’s something I’ve heard a million times; only in Clayton County. It is what it is.”

So what happens next?

There is no Republican candidate, but Hill still needs to go through the formality of a November ballot.

If Gov. Nathan Deal is lucky, the court system of Clayton County will become a rabbit for justice, and quickly bring the Hill case to trial. Before January, when Hill would be sworn in.

If Hill is acquitted, there’s no problem. If even one felony count sticks, then Hill would be barred from service and a new election would be called. If you don’t see Kimbrough’s yard signs disappear right away, this may be why.

But justice rarely moves quickly. Let’s assume that the charges against Hill linger into next year. The moment that Hill takes the oath of office, the governor would be obliged to form an advisory committee to determine whether Hill is qualified to serve.

The three-person committee would be made up of two sheriffs appointed by Deal, and Attorney General Sam Olens.

If the committee accepts Hill’s contention that the grand jury indictments were politically motivated, it can recommend that there be no suspension – advice that the governor is required to follow.

But if the committee determines that there is substance to the indictments, and recommends a suspension, then it becomes the governor’s choice. Deal can accept the committee’s judgment, or not.

If the governor suspends Hill, then the Clayton County probate judge would name a temporary replacement. Might that be Kimbrough? Possibly, but probably not. Wouldn’t look good.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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31 comments Add your comment

HR Pufnstuf

August 22nd, 2012
1:24 pm

Maranda

August 22nd, 2012
1:51 pm

Very disappointed in clayton county. Why in the world would someone vote for a fool who has 37 pending felonies as your SHERIFF.

Clayton County Native

August 22nd, 2012
1:51 pm

It is so bad now the white flight was replaced with black flight. At least those who can afford to leave.

And the Politifact statement about the current teachers may be true but that is just whitewash (so to speak) on the fact that Clayton’s system is dead last in test scores in the metro area.

Alan R.

August 22nd, 2012
2:01 pm

I have never been more embarrassed to be a resident. Stupidest county in the entire country.

Congratulations, Clayton County voters. Even Florida is laughing at you.

Don Abernethy

August 22nd, 2012
2:08 pm

This shows us the type of voters we have in the US who will vote for Obama no matter what he does.

td

August 22nd, 2012
2:11 pm

One of these Victor Hill voters is a regular poster on this blog daily. Auntie come on out and defend your vote for Mr. Hill.

Cutty

August 22nd, 2012
2:11 pm

Did you vote for GWB Don?

Dr. John Trotter

August 22nd, 2012
2:14 pm

Wasn’t Nelson Mandela indicted? Wasn’t many of great men and women of history indicted and jailed on false and/or flimsy charges, included the Good Master Himself? What amazes me is that so many people are so gullible and do not realize that people in power often abuse this power, issuing indictments and making false arrrests. Isn’t this country’s number one judicial principle the presumtion of innocense? Maybe the good people of Clayton County are just tired of the AJC, WSB-TV, and even phony organizations like SACS sitting around the Piedmont Driving Club, looking down their noses at Clayton County, and condescendinly telling the people of Clayton County for whom to vote. Yes, I am proud of the good people of Clayton County for just basically telling the effete and so-called elite where to stick their ideas…where the sun doesn’t shine. I was with many experienced, intelligence, and politically-wise leaders last night in Clayton County who were cheering for Victor Hill all night. They had provided much support for Victor Hill throughout this whole primary season. Do you think that Victor Hill was able to pull this off without the help of many, many voters in Clayton County, black and white alike? Don’t be silly. Look what the voters said to Eldrin Bell who could not even garner 33% of the vote, even with the help of Rebublican consulting firm Landmark Communications. The people of Clayton County became tired of Eldrin who seemed to be always engaging in in-fighting and kibitzing — like in the Clayton County School Board affairs, presumably contacting Mark Elgart and getting him to come to Clayton County and nearly destroying the County. Yes, I am proud of the People of Clayco!

Here is another side of what happened last night in Clayco. >>>

http://thegeorgiacitizen.net/

td

August 22nd, 2012
2:15 pm

Cutty

August 22nd, 2012
2:11 pm

Do not know about Don but I did twice and he still has more honor in his little finger then Obama has ever dreamed of having.

suga

August 22nd, 2012
2:15 pm

What in world are you people thinking about in CLAYTON COUNTY. Yall are sick!!!!!!! Victor Hill Sheriff AGAIN………. I really FEEL SORRY FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTY.

suga

August 22nd, 2012
2:18 pm

Enter your comments here

Alan R.

August 22nd, 2012
2:32 pm

What amazes me is that so many people are so gullible and do not realize that people in power often abuse this power, issuing indictments and making false arrrests.

Are you implying that Victor Hill is an honorable man who is merely misunderstood? Are you implying that his political opponents were out to get him? Do you even know what you’re talking about?

Nelson Mandela has more honor and integrity in an eyelash than Victor Hill could ever hope to have. The man wasted taxpayer dollars on a freakin’ tank, for crying out loud. He was increasingly at odds with the police chief because the chief wouldn’t go along with his little plan to combine the two. Hill was a corrupt individual who became more corrupt as his time in office passed, and now the voters of Clayton County have issued him a free ticket back to office?

Perhaps the AJC looks down on us in Clayton County because its residents are increasingly doing stupid things, such as voting for a felon (and don’t even think about saying he didn’t commit those crimes) to be sheriff.

I really FEEL SORRY FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTY.

I don’t. The people of this county want a corrupt moron running the Sheriff’s department, apparently. Let them have their felon. I’m getting the hell out of here.

Cutty

August 22nd, 2012
3:14 pm

Honor td? Your statement pretty much ends all substantive debate. Started an unnecessary war that killed thousands, and strutted on a flight deck screaming mission accomplished off the coast of San Diego. Yeah, that’s honor alright.

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
3:18 pm

td
August 22nd, 2012
2:11 pm

One of these Victor Hill voters is a regular poster on this blog daily. Auntie come on out and defend your vote for Mr. Hill.
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As I told you before you turned and ran from the other comment section, apparently because you couldn’t take the heat for your blatant hypocrisy, I live in DeKalb, and for what’ it matters I am white. What happens to Mr Hill is of no consequence to me, but it apparently is to you, even though you live in Cobb.

Oh yeah, you are concerned because you care so deeply about good government and eliminating corruption, (strangely enough tho, only from democratic majority counties, but not places like gwinnett, represented by people like balfour).

Something you seem to dim to understand, balfour admitted to his crime,theft by deception (embezzlement). Victor hill has not admitted to any malfeasance, nor been convicted of any crime. I thought you repubs were big law and order types, who want to make sure justice prevails, but you want to condemn the man and take away his livelihood, when he has only been charged, but not convicted. Hypocrisy.

td

August 22nd, 2012
3:53 pm

Cutty

August 22nd, 2012
3:14 pm

“an unnecessary war that killed thousands”

This just about sums up your pinko view of the world. Where is your condemnation of Obama for doubling the number of troops in Afg or drone strikes in countries we are not at war with? IMHO this is the only thing he has done as President that he has gotten right, but for you libs to condemn Bush but not Obama shows where you are really coming from in your criticism.

td

August 22nd, 2012
3:58 pm

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
3:18 pm

“balfour admitted to his crime,theft by deception (embezzlement).”

Wrong again. Balfour admitted to not doing his paperwork correctly, paid back the money for the error and paid a fine because he did not catch this error himself.

Now I think this is enough to say he would not be worthy of my vote. I have not seen any prosecutor determine it is a crime. If the AG does not then the Dems could go to the Holder justice department. Isn’t this what the Republicans did to get Charles Walker convicted and out of the Georgia Senate when the Dems were in charge?

drew

August 22nd, 2012
4:05 pm

To the Victor Hill supporters:

Yeah, yeah…we know the difference between an indictment and a conviction, but based on what I’ve read, it’s just a matter of time.

But I want to know what you supporters really think of him…
…do you think he’s an honorable man?
…was his previous term as sheriff was a good for Clayton County?
…didn’t his actions result in a $7 million settlement for the workers he fired in ‘05?
…do you think the current indictment is based on political persecution?
…didn’t Special Prosecutors from outside of Clayco bring forth the indictment?

I’ve been out of Clayco for a while now, so I don’t really have a dog in this fight, but I just find it hard to believe that a man with Hill’s baggage and record can STILL be elected! Like Kimbrough said, “only in Clayton County”.

Rhonda

August 22nd, 2012
4:19 pm

I have a question for everyone that is condemning Victor Hill….. Why didn’t you run for election? Some people always have negativity spewing from their mouth with little knowledge of what is going on. Ummmm, did you people forget that Kem Kembrough buy prostitutes? Oh yeah… He buy hoes and don’t think anything is wrong with it. Lol… Really. You idiot. You have a family. Listen to this butthole talk about buying some ass.. Really… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slCQkthlheA

Come on and he was accused of propositioning one of his employees for sex. So for all of the asses that have negativity coming out their mouth and the ones that don’t live in Clayton County, Shut the hell up and run for election next time and watch your dirt come out. IDIOTS. EVERY POLITICIAN HAS DIRT THAT THEY DON’T WANT TO GET OUT AND SO DO YOU… Kick Rocks.

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
4:19 pm

td
August 22nd, 2012
3:58 pm

Wrong again. Balfour admitted to not doing his paperwork correctly, paid back the money for the error and paid a fine because he did not catch this error himself.
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I guess you’re right, I’ve often done the same thing myself, go off vacationing in the tropics and then bill my employer saying I was at work. Happens all the time, it’s so easy to make this kind of error. And, after all he only did it twice, anyone can slip up twice.

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
4:21 pm

Twice that we know of, that is.

Cutty

August 22nd, 2012
4:23 pm

td- Iraq, not Afghanistan. Nice deflection tho.

WOW

August 22nd, 2012
4:36 pm

Couldn’t a write in candidate save some time and embarassment in November?

mary

August 22nd, 2012
5:13 pm

Victor Hill is the right person for Clayton County nobody are running scared but the enemy of Christ. Victor Hill kept the county safe the other sheriff I was so disappointed that he lived an adulterous lifestyle while in office what kind example of leadership is this for the county. Victor Hill been out of office for sometime then all of a sudden here come these accusations just to try to hinder him from getting in the office. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof God see all and know all. He knew the right man it is reversal time what the other sheriff meant was evil but God turned it around to work for VICTOR HILL good. Keep pressing in love all of you.

Auntie Christ

August 22nd, 2012
5:17 pm

td
August 22nd, 2012
3:53 pm
Where is your condemnation of Obama for doubling the number of troops in Afg or drone strikes in countries we are not at war with?
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Too bad you slept thru 2008, else you would have heard candidate Obama say he would double down in Afghanistan, the war we should have been fighting all along, and say he would go into Pakistan if necessary to attack al queda. Nice try tho, you got to use the word pinko, haven’t gotten to work that one into the conversation since 92 or 93 have you.

Denying And Manipulating All News, inc.

August 22nd, 2012
5:29 pm

We here at Denying And Manipulating All News, inc. henceforth known as DaMan want it to be known that we have been involved in furthering his oppression. Yes the hours he pined away in a hideous Gwinnett jail cell were torturous indeed and a result of our manufactured conspiracies. The devil didn’t make Victor go to the mountain cabin with the sister who was also a subordinate at the county’s expense, DaMan did it. We setup the dummy corporation in his name for the conversion of campaign funds too. Hell, even though it’s not indictable we told him to give those real badges out to his supporters too. We didn’t think they would be denied for evading a ticket that one time. It worked the other 1,852 times.

Nah we aren’t going to oppress Victor anymore. His county needs him even if he can’t carry a firearm. Besides that, we’re done with Clayton County, the pickin’s there have gotten too slim.

Richard

August 22nd, 2012
6:01 pm

If so many people had not given their lives and put so much on the line I would not vote. It is hard to get our youth to vote when they say it don’t matter, and we get them to vote and they say “I told you so”. What part of RICO does a person with the intelligence of a rock does not understand? It is so hard trying to remain a resident of Clayton County with the whole country laughing at my family and me. I thought the laughing would stop for a while and now here we go again. I will feel better when my property tax go up again to support another election for sheriff.

scooby

August 22nd, 2012
7:23 pm

Funny how some in a state where a majority voted for Nathan Deal can critique ClayCo for electing Victor. Nathan ran when he was about to be kicked out of congress but stupid GA elected him Gov.

zeke

August 22nd, 2012
9:37 pm

what a bunch of imbeciles in clayton county….thanks for dragging democratic party down you more ons

atonement

August 23rd, 2012
1:06 am

Its ashame that the willie
Lynch syndrome is alive leave sheriff hill be you do not know the facts i do and if you only new that little fat lightskinned man that got arrested was behind this along with kemdummy and that traci graham lawson lady u would just drop your mouth open so if u dont know what you are talking about save it

joy

August 23rd, 2012
10:09 am

WOW! What were they thinking?

joy

August 23rd, 2012
10:11 am

****mary
How can you support a person that is about to go to jail?