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Governor won’t push for suspension of Clayton County sheriff

Here’s the just-issued press release from the governor’s office:

After careful evaluation of the facts in the case and the applicable state law, Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that he will not appoint a panel to consider the suspension of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.

Deal has concluded that the law outlining the procedures for the suspension of public officials under indictment applies only to officials indicted while holding their elected office.

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 45-5-6, the governor must appoint a three-member panel to investigate the indictment of a public official. The law defines “public official” as “any elected county officer.” Victor Hill was indicted on Feb. 29, 2012, at which time he was a private citizen and not an elected county officer. Therefore, state law prohibits the appointment of a suspension panel at this time.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Lawmakers speak up for Clayton County’s sheriff-elect — whose name escapes them

An awkward press conference just wrapped up at the state Capitol, called by Clayton County lawmakers in defense of Sheriff-elect Victor Hill. At least that’s who we think they were talking about.

Hill, you’ll recall, faces a couple dozen felony indictments for alleged misbehavior during his first stint as sheriff, which ended when voters booted him in 2008. Hill revived his law enforcement career by beating incumbent Kem Kimbrough in the Democratic primary this summer, and defeated a write-in candidate this month.

Once Hill takes his oath of office in January, Gov. Nathan Deal has the option of suspending Hill until his legal issues are resolved. The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association last week recommended the governor take that route, and even suggested a replacement.

It was that move from the sheriffs’ association that provoked the Clayton County delegation. “I want to see the process work,” said state Sen. Gail Davenport, D-Jonesboro, chairman of the delegation. “We want to make …

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If you believe in Victor Hill, you believe someone is out to get him

At times, Georgia politics can seem like a bipartisan cafeteria of conspiracy theories.

Republicans have Agenda 21. This week, GOP state senators will attend a four-hour seminar at the Capitol to study the link between zoning and a U.N.-backed socialist cabal.

Democrats have Clayton County, where everyone knows that, if you believe in Victor Hill, you must also believe that someone is out to get him.

The former Clayton sheriff won the Democratic primary this summer to reclaim the office he lost to Kem Kimbrough in 2008. Only two things stand between Hill and a January swearing-in: A long-shot write-in candidate and a 37-count indictment, primarily for the misuse of government resources during his flamboyant four years as sheriff.

Former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill leaves Gwinnett County Jail in Lawrenceville in January after his indictment on racketeering, theft by taking and other charges. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill leaves Gwinnett County Jail in Lawrenceville in January after his indictment on racketeering, theft by taking and other charges. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

A trial by a jury that will be drawn, in large part, …

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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 …

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