As of Friday, February 3, 2012
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Clayton News Daily
The attorney for former Clayton County sheriff, Victor Hill, plans to oppose the state's request for a gag order in his case.
Hill was indicted Jan. 18, on 37 counts, including theft, lying, influencing witnesses, racketeering and violation of the oath of public office. He is free on $50,000 bond and due in Clayton County Superior Court Feb. 29, for arraignment.
Alcovy Judicial Circuit District Attorney Layla Zon, the appointed special prosecutor, filed a motion last month for the gag order, citing the need to ensure a fair trial.
But defense attorney Musa Ghanayem said Friday that Hill has "every right" to respond to the allegations being made against him.
"They want a gag order because they've already put out what they wanted," he said. "They've poisoned the jury pool."
Ghanayem said he has "no choice" but to respond to the allegations made against his client.
"We are opposed to a gag order," he said. "The law requires me to reply on behalf of my client. He hasn't even been arraigned yet."