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Protesters show support for Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill

State Rep. Keisha Waites writes on a sign showing support for Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill Monday morning at the Clayton County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

State Rep. Keisha Waites writes on a sign showing support for Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill Monday morning at the Clayton County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

JONESBORO — Protesters gathered at the request of the Clayton County NAACP in front of the courthouse early Monday morning to show their support for Sheriff Victor Hill.

State Rep. Keisha Waites was among those showing support.

“I’m just here making sure the voters are being heard,” she said. “I’m supporting my colleague.”

State Rep. Ronnie Mabra was also there.

“I want to make sure the voters’ interests are represented and the judicial process goes in the proper direction,” he said.

“Because we’ve seen what happens when it doesn’t,” said Waites.

Summonses for 350 prospective jurors were sent out to residents to come to the courthouse by 9 a.m. Monday. Those jurors had to walk past and stand in line near people holding signs supporting Hill, some reading “Free Sheriff Hill” and “Stop the Maddness.”

The parking lot filled quickly Monday morning and there was a heavy presence of sheriff’s deputies outside and around the courthouse on Tara Boulevard. A K-9 unit patrolled the wooded area south of the complex. One of the exit-only doors was opened to allow two lines into the lobby for the security process. Long tables held gray plastic bins similar to the ones used at airport security for patrons to fill with handbags, backpacks, laptops and the contents of their pockets.

Once through security, visitors were greeted by courthouse personnel helping direct them to their destination. Jurors for Hill’s trial gathered in the larger courtroom 401, known as the ceremonial courtroom, but jury selection will be held in Judge Albert Collier’s courtroom.

The county government arranged for shuttle service to transport visitors parking in the back of the complex to the front entrance.

Hill faces 28 felony counts related to theft by taking allegations. He maintains his innocence.

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Comments

MD 1 year, 1 month ago

Figures! Baldwin and the other low information residents out supporting this idiot. Just like Zimmerman.To hell with law, he is innocent they say. Morons.

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Michael 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm confused. Walking Small is blaming his political opponents for "cooking up" the charges against him. My memory is that his political opponents shared the same ethnicity as him. Why would the NAACP get involved with this?

It seems that Waites and Mabra have little, if any, faith in our judicial system. It would appear from their comments that they think Hill should be aquitted on all charges. Are they suggesting that there may be rioting and plundering if there is a conviction in a court of law?

I haven't seen the evidence that will be presented in this trial, but, I firmly believe Walking Small should spend many, many years in prison for what he did to the Clayton County taxpayers in his previous term.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

........In my opinion; The Clayton County NAACP, and their lopsided leader, are nothing short of being race hustlers, ; and any Elected Official or Government Employed that engaged in the protest is a shameful disgrace.

...These people has no shame, they flaunt it with false pride.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.....State Rep. Keisha Waites ; Maybe Waites should have been a Deputy :

(( “.“I’m just here making sure the voters are being heard,” she said. “I’m supporting my colleague."))

......State Rep. Ronnie Mabra : Maybe Mabra should have seek the Office of Clayton County District Attorney :

((“I want to make sure the voters’ interests are represented and the judicial process goes in the proper direction,” he said.))

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http://www.news-daily.com/users/photos/2013/feb/14/63727/

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....Protesters ?

.....In my opinion, this is nothing but another side show parade of fools, being lead by those with the batons of stupidity.

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MD 1 year, 1 month ago

You would think any judge with common sense would stop this trial, and order it moved to anoth er county, but this Clayton county, so guess even the courts are going down the drain.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

...MD : (("You would think any judge with common sense would stop this trial, and order it moved to another county, but this Clayton county, so guess even the courts are going down the drain."))

.....What I think about these Clayton County Judges, is not worth discussing on a civil news forum. This Trial should been moved to a county, where the race hustlers don't have any influence over the citizens.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....Changing the venue of this trial maybe not up the prosecution, but rather for the defense to guarantee a fair trial among the peers. I may be wrong about this, but only the defense can request a change of venue.

....It is obvious to me, that Victor Hill wants to have his trial among his supporters.

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DE 1 year, 1 month ago

The way I see it, if Victor is found guilty and put in jail for his offenses, he could try to run for Sheriff again while incarcerated and the idiot's in Clayton County would vote him back in.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.....I have spent six active years in the Military, and during that time, I have never seen any soldier snap to attention when a county Sheriff entered a room. In my honest opinion; our elected officials should be required to submit for a through mental evaluations, before seeking office. .....The office of Sheriff is no joking manner, and we should take this office very seriously.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

...These Brain Washed supporters is taking a mud bath, in their own ignorance; and these Clayton County State Legislators are cashing in, on this opportunity, to catch more votes. Simple, Cut, and Dry.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.....Riddle Me with this :

....I wonder how many potential jurors will seep through the cracks, that supports Hill ?

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

...In 2004, Victor Hill became the first black Sheriff of Clayton County, and now he has the potential of being the first Sheriff, in our county, to be taken into custody by his own Deputies, if being found guilty.....The Sheriff is responsible for providing security in the courthouse. This would mean the first time that an inmate would be in charge over the security of the jail, and the courthouse.

.....Tell me if this is not lopsided...Ha, Ha !!!

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....While I agree with a fair trial for Victor Hill, I don't agree with his egoistical power hungry policies, to elevate his station, beyond that of a county Sheriff. We are not to be place beneath the heel of a county Sheriff, as his subjects, in his kingdom of make believe military combat games.

....This might be fine with his parade of fools, but, not with those that earned our stripes the hard way. Victor Hill can take a parade band somewhere else, because I'm not buying into his flam flim act. Guilty or Not Guilty; Victor Hill is an elected official of this county, and I have every right to question his actions.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.....This is part of The Dysfunctional Undertow In Clayton County :

......Our chances to disenfranchise the stupidity in this county is slim to none..What's more Sad; We are also out numbered.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....Should we snap to attention, click our heels together, and say "Hail To Victor Hiil", our Supreme Ruler ?

http://www.news-daily.com/news/2005/may/18/sheriff-responds-to-recent-letter-writer/?c=120890

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

.....The people in Clayton County places high values on their rights to vote, the only drawback to this is they vote for the wrong candidates.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

....The Nest :

....."Keisha Waites sworn in as fourth openly gay Ga. state legislator"

....Quote : ((" Waites won a special election on Feb. 7 to represent District 60, which includes parts of Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

She also thanked Rev. Dr. Mitzi Bickers, who is openly gay and a former president of the Atlanta School Board. Bickers is a pastor and also works for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed."))

http://www.thegavoice.com/news/georgia-news/4187-keisha-waites-sworn-in-as-fourth-openly-gay-ga-state-legislator

Atlanta : Mitzi Bickers

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/top-aide-atlanta-mayor-changes-financial-disclosur/nW5YH/

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OscarKnight 1 year, 1 month ago

Quote : (( "In this second term in office, Hill technically operates without a public information officer and his office doesn't issue press releases. He has focused instead on ministers associations to take his message to churches, on social media where professional-grade videos tout his quality of life programs and the free text alert system that lets subscribers know when his deputies have made a notable arrest or where an accident is tying up traffic somewhere in the county"))

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