Victor Hill takes his trial on corruption charges public

One day after a Clayton County judge set Nov. 26 for the start of his trial on 37 felony counties, former sheriff Victor Hill – now the Democratic nominee to replace incumbent Sheriff Kem Kimbrough – took his troubles public.

The former sheriff released a batch of documents that he said would prove his innocence, and promised to show reporters even more. See the docs here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

From the press release, which arrived shortly after midnight this morning:

The attached documents and time line not only bring into question the credibility of the case against Victor Hill, but also brings into question the credibility of the sitting sheriff and District Attorney. This clearly indicates that they are both capable of and probably have made questionable cases on other individuals.

Victor Hill will be available today for an interview and will also make available for the media to see the 350 surveillance photos (to include pictures of him campaigning at the 2012 MLK parade earlier this year) taken by Clayton County deputies and a video of them going through his trash.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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135 comments Add your comment

First

August 24th, 2012
8:52 am

Second

August 24th, 2012
8:56 am

willie mitchell

August 24th, 2012
8:57 am

Man … I dont know what the people of Clayton County is thinking about … That dude is a SNAKE .. How could they vote him back into Office … SMDH

Victor Hill

August 24th, 2012
8:58 am

Ostrich Racer

August 24th, 2012
8:58 am

Note to the DA: Whatever you do, don’t ask him to try on any bloody gloves in front of the jury.

Joshua

August 24th, 2012
9:00 am

Well if this is true then both should be removed from office, and face charges. I always thought Hill was a tough fighter of crime. I wish him the best of luck.

Don't Be Silly...

August 24th, 2012
9:00 am

Well, well, well… Clayton County’s Batman has a leg to stand on, and a cape to slap the “establishment” across the face…

Clayco is the definition of a hot $hitty mess…

Victor Tuggle

August 24th, 2012
9:05 am

That’s all he’s got. LOL. He better order more badges and guns.

Rut-Roh

August 24th, 2012
9:09 am

Be proud of yourselves Clayton County. You re-elected a known racist and someone who is staring down 37 criminal charges. As Kimbrough said, don’t be sorry for him, be sorry for Clayton County. You folks are going to get what you deserve.

The Ghost of Lester Maddox

August 24th, 2012
9:10 am

Don’t fret, Clayton County citizens, after all…think of the wonderful top-notch school system your children are in down there.

bob

August 24th, 2012
9:12 am

To the people of Clayton County. “Stupid is as stupid does!”

PMC

August 24th, 2012
9:16 am

Was there no one else to elect?

dan pennywell

August 24th, 2012
9:17 am

Clayton is doomed!!!!Unfortunately you people who live there ,who come from countries that are so corrupt, that this is all acceptable behavior,ie: Schools(ruined),Government(corrupt), Police (scared to death), and Mr Hill(just trash).

working in clayton co

August 24th, 2012
9:18 am

I worry for Clayton County and I am thankful that I do not live in a county that would elect a criminal as their sheriff.

OMG

August 24th, 2012
9:22 am

OMG! Clayton County residents are crazy. Who in their right mind would elect Hill?

Jab

August 24th, 2012
9:23 am

37 felony counts…and not “37 counties.”

Bobby

August 24th, 2012
9:24 am

Clayton County is so backwards. If was backwards in the past when it was predominantly white and now that it is predominantly black the residents have continued their traditions of low intelligence and simply being the most stupid county in the State of Georgia. Maybe we can de-annex Clayton County and give it to Alabama.

Shundra

August 24th, 2012
9:25 am

Just trying to figure out who voted for him. With all the negatie comments, and people I’ve spoken with, I don’t understand. I guess they’re afraid to show their faces. Embarrassing point blank period.

red herring

August 24th, 2012
9:28 am

top notch AJC reporting—37 felony counties? have someone proof read your work. hill is another reverse racist who thinks his skin color should protect him from having to obey laws and rules. maybe he learned this from obama and eric holder…

tman

August 24th, 2012
9:28 am

It is the lack of participation in the political process that causes such anarchy!!!

Faye

August 24th, 2012
9:32 am

Some of the comments on here are so stereotypical. Not everyone in Clayton County voted for Victor Hill. Not everyone down here is part of the “corruption”. Some of the comments on here are just like how different races and classes are judged–if you are not planning to vote for Obama, you are a racist. If you are Black, you are unintelligent and on food stamps. Please, stop the short-sighted comments. Oh, but these are readers of the ajc…see what I mean.

Kris Jones

August 24th, 2012
9:32 am

Victor Hill represents and reflects the quality of people who elected him. Therefore Clayton County is as wasteland full of thugs and bandits!! Any decent person living in Clayton County should MOVE!!!

fire eater

August 24th, 2012
9:33 am

To comply with the state Constitution which mandates “159 counties” in Georgia, let’s merge Clayton and DeKalb counties together while we re-create Milton. We will call that new county on the southside “Zimbabwe County” …it already has it’s “Mugabe” in the person of the Honorable Victor Hill.

MUSTANG100

August 24th, 2012
9:35 am

I happen to live in Lake City, so yes, please pray for those of us who voted for Kem. Clayton appears to be suffering from the Southwest Atlanta Urban Thug mentality.

rJay

August 24th, 2012
9:42 am

Elections are won by majority vote. The majority of Clayton County registered voters who turned out for the run-off election unfortunately voted to remove Kem Kemrough from office. Victor Hill is a disgrace and should never have been allowed to run for public office. The fact that a multi-million dollar judgement was awarded due to his incompetence is enough justification for this. But the arrogance and inexperience that governs the county post white-flight is at fault — in leadership, politics, and residency. Formerly a county dominated my military families and suburban living, it currently awaits forward-thinking leadership to move into a new direction. Unfortunately, no one with this foresight is willing to take it on. 50% property devaluation is the final nail on the coffin. Clayton County — where substandard is the standard.

mehlman rings twice

August 24th, 2012
9:46 am

Can we go a year without a judge, sheriff, jailer etc. not being accused of buying meth, having sex with strippers, asking suspects to be their mistress, facebooking inmates, planting drugs on innocent people?

mehlman rings twice

August 24th, 2012
9:50 am

Oh well, at least it’s not Murray County.

Fun Size

August 24th, 2012
9:51 am

You know all the criminals in Clayton County have got to be happy with their new Sheriff, he’s one of their own!!

Angus

August 24th, 2012
9:56 am

Not that I condone or praise Clayton’s choice, but jeez people, we’ve got unethical-to-downright criminal elected officials all over and up and down this state. We aren’t recognized as the most unethical state in the US for nothing.

Sage

August 24th, 2012
9:57 am

The math doesn’t work for me. I don’t see 7 documents proving innocence on 37 charges.

markie mark

August 24th, 2012
9:59 am

Joshua – you need to research the job of the Sheriff in Clayton county – they do NOT fight crime. They provide bailiffs to the courts, guard public buildings such as the courthouse, serve warrants, etc. but they do not patrol the streets. All that crime fighting wordage is just Hill’s political posturing….

Clayton Co-Dist. of Columbia South

August 24th, 2012
10:01 am

The only person who could beat Hill in Clayton Co is, possibly, Marion Barry.

md

August 24th, 2012
10:02 am

This county needs to be desolved.The current masses there are not capable of fixing it. They were raised to live this way.

Victor Hill

August 24th, 2012
10:03 am

if it does not fit then you must aquit.

Clayton Co....Ha Ha

August 24th, 2012
10:03 am

Here is a clear example of voting should be limited to tax payers only….not tax users.

cwilli

August 24th, 2012
10:09 am

Let Justice prevail.

BRENDA SCOTT

August 24th, 2012
10:12 am

YOU ALSO NEED TO GOOGLE KEM ON YOU TUBE!

Yestheydo

August 24th, 2012
10:16 am

The Sheriff also fights crime, its just not their primary focus. Courts, Jails, civil and warrants are their primaries, but crime prevention and enforcing state laws is also one of the constitutional duties—again, crime fighting is just not the primary.

steve L

August 24th, 2012
10:17 am

All the comments that people are making whom do not live in Clayton County are baseless. If you live in Fulton,Dekalb,Henry or any metro Atlanta County, We all have had our fair share of hideous political nonsense. Fulton County citezens all want it to go away and become a multi city named county,Dekalb h*ll You all in dekalb can’t say nothing about corruption in Clayton,ya’ll murdered one of your elected sherriffs,and Henry is one of the biggest meth distribution centers in Georgia if not the entire southeast. So pick your poison if you live in Metro Atlanta we all are screwed!!! Ban together,pray because only Jesus Christ himself can fix all this mess!!!

RAMZAD

August 24th, 2012
10:18 am

300 years in America has not made African Americans love the strong man dictator type leader any less. Marion Barry, Bill Campbell, Larry Langford, Kwame Kilpatrick, and Victor Hill come to mind.
Victor Hill is a nut, and it surely takes black people to see his “redemptive value” to Clayton County.

Wow...

August 24th, 2012
10:18 am

ok so everyone is once again dogging clayton county out..schools, government, etc. Never mind that the STATE of GEORGIA elected a governor who would’ve faced ethics charges if he hadn’t fled. Never mind that there is a gentleman in Gwinnett similar to Mr. Hill. Never mind that Georgia as a whole sucks when it comes to education. It is horrible that people voted for Hill, but let us not forget GEORGIA has a problem.

Yestheydo

August 24th, 2012
10:20 am

BTW, never rely on the media to be your source of truth–that’s why we are in the shape we are in now as a country—relying on the media—READ for facts other places, people—JUST READ!

Yestheydo

August 24th, 2012
10:21 am

READ People READ. Relying on the media as a source of truth placed in the shape we are in now as a country—90% of you don’t every READ, just listen to the news and keep it going taking it as truth…READ.

sogooden

August 24th, 2012
10:22 am

When he was elected the first time, he showed up to work and fired many in his new department and had them escoted out at gun point. I don’t care what else he’s done, that’s enough right there to tell any reasonably sane person that this fool is crazy. I am african-american and I think they need to give that plantation called Clayton County to Alabama. Whole county is worthless. If you had some sense you’d leave. Oh wait no public transportation so I guess you can’t.

mark

August 24th, 2012
10:22 am

It’s not any better in Fulton County… They just aren’t indicting each other here…

Reality

August 24th, 2012
10:24 am

Appears that the voters in Clayton Co. Are blindly racist and will vote for anyone with black skin, no matter what their character. Problem is that voters will continue to reap the rewards of this conduct and soon the county will be a ghetto.

JD

August 24th, 2012
10:27 am

Maybe Clayton voters are smarter than you think. Faced with a choice of Hill or Kimbrough, they might have found the only way to eliminate both. Vote in Victor Hill and let Deal remove him and appoint a third person.
Just sayin’

itamazesme

August 24th, 2012
10:27 am

Reality – If you had actually sought knowledge of what was going on in clayton county you would’ve seen that only BLACKS were running for sheriff….it isn’t just a black and white issue, you have people that are strictly republican or democrat no matter how horrible the candidate would be as long as that person is affiliated with their party that person will receive the vote.

RK

August 24th, 2012
10:30 am

Without a doubt, if you hear something dumb on the news, you know it is in Clayton County.

Auntie Christ

August 24th, 2012
10:33 am

20 years ago I was associated with a law firm that did a lot of pro bono work in metro ATL. From conversations with lawyers, I realized that in the legal community, in and out of Clayton, the county’s legal system, or at least the criminal justice system there, was a joke. The cops there routinely planted drugs at traffic stops, made unlawful stops and searches, and were in general a bunch of cowboys. There were rumors about a particular law firm’s ability to make serious drug charges disappear for a fee. Two or three of the cops who were habitual bad actors were later convicted of murder resulting from a botched robbery of a club owner.

At that time Clayton was a bastion of whiteness, police force, DA’s office, judges, sheriff’s office. Corruption does not have a skin color, except maybe the green of money. When people accept it, first in the name of ‘law and order,’ or figuring it’s ‘just business as usual,’ it becomes like Pandora’s box. The evil is loosed and it aint gonna get smaller, it’s gonna grow.

The people who initially dug the cesspool of corruption in Clayton have moved on to Fayette etc, but they are as much to blame for the county’s woes as the citizens there today. they established the culture that reigns today.