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Let justice take its course

Judges, juries and trials are not perfect.

Nevertheless we have the best legal justice system in the world, and we have to believe in and abide by the system.

Once again, Victor Hill is on center stage and his trial is a bit of a media — and social — circus.

The courts have done all they can do to keep things under control and to keep the process untainted and unaffected by all of the attention it has drawn from both within and outside the county.

Hill’s supporters have every right to support him.

His detractors also have rights of free speech.

While we do not agree with allowing some pretrial motions to take place behind closed doors, we do respect the fact that Judge Al Collier has said every thing else will take place in open court.

Transparency is important for the integrity of this process.

Seating a jury alone proved arduous.

The trial on racketeering charges and abuse of public office related to Hill’s first term as Clayton County sheriff will likely take many twists and turns.

The prosecution will make a strong case.

Hill’s legal team will put up a strong defense.

Then, all the evidence will be presented and it will be up to a panel of sworn jurors to make determinations about his guilt or innocence.

Speculation now will give way to facts as they weigh the evidence and hear the testimony of witnesses.

Under cross examination, the veracity of witnesses against Hill will be called into question and all the evidence will be closely scrutinized.

That is the way it should be.

Hill has the right to a fair trial.

The courts and Judge Collier have worked diligently to this point to make sure that happens.

Hill has a right to face his accusers.

He has a right to take the stand and testify in his own defense, should he choose to do so.

He may, however, simply let the evidence speak for him and not take the stand.

Obviously there is great interest in anything he might have to say.

We hope that once this trial is over and the court has spoken, the community will accept the results.

If Hill is found guilty then a jury of his peers have spoken after having been privy to all the testimony and all the evidence. Obviously, they will be in a better position than anyone else to make a determination about his guilt or innocence.

On the other hand, if Hill is exonerated — found innocent of all the charges against him — then that verdict should be accepted as well.

We encourage the entire community to trust the process, regardless of the outcome.

Obviously, going into the trial some people strongly feel Hill is guilty.

Others have come to this day strongly believing in his innocence.

That is why we hold trials.

A jury will decide and once they decide Hill will be declared either legally guilty or legally innocent.

Once that decision is made, then it will be time for the entire community to move forward and put this chapter behind us, either without Hill or with him.

— Editor Jim Zachary

Comments

OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

...Never a boring moment in this county; Many "first" has happened in our county during the last few years.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months 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.

....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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Michael 1 year, 2 months ago

Mr. Zachary writes: "We hope that once this trial is over and the court has spoken, the community will accept the results."

We all can agree with Mr. Zachary's statement, but, we are faced with our local elected officials (Waites, Mabra, et.al.) and the NAACP who are openly trying to affect the outcome of the trial by intimating that there is no justice to be found in our courts of law. Regardless of the evidence that will be presented at trial, if the verdict does not agree with their opinion of what it should be they will scream that an injustice has been done. They will do whatever they can to infuriate and inflame their supporters in an attempt to have their fifteen minutes of fame.

We should all remember and be glad for the fact that we are a nation of laws, we are not a democracy wherein two wolves and a sheep can determine the dinner menu.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

....Although the courts might speak, the tax paying residents of the county has the last words on the conduct and behavior of our elected officials.

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MD 1 year, 2 months ago

They will try and flip it to a racial thing if he loses. I'll bet you 50!

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

...History often repeats itself....This one never fails.

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eardog 1 year, 2 months ago

Well balanced perspective, Mr. Zachary!

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

...Quote : (( "Once that decision is made, then it will be time for the entire community to move forward and put this chapter behind us, either without Hill or with him."))

.....If Hill is found Guilty, we have a chance to pull up our anchor and view clear skies on our horizon. On the other hand; As long as we have an anchor on our ship, with stormy weather, I seriously doubt that our ship would remain afloat much longer.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

....Military Occupation In Clayton County ?

.....In Victor Hill's own words.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

....Serving The People of this county, or Serving Himself ?

"Former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition"

http://www.georgiabankruptcyblog.com/archives/northern-district-cases-former-clayton-county-sheriff-victor-hill-files-chapter-7-bankruptcy-petition.html

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

....Victor Hill's Pay Raise :

....Quote : "Sheriff Hill's white opponent, the incumbent, Stanley Tuggle, for the $86,000-a-year post"

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9406E1DF1F39F933A25752C0A9639C8B63&pagewanted=1

....Some of Our Legislators, from Clayton County, gave Victor Hill a pay raise after his fiasco on the "Snipers on the Roof Top" incident, which resulted in a 7 million dollar lawsuit .

.......House Bill 704

......By: Representatives Darryl Jordan of the 77th, Heckstall of the 62nd, Celeste Johnson of the 75th, Georganna Sinkfield of the 60th, and Roberta Abdul-Salaam of the 74th

(( "The sheriff of Clayton County shall receive a total annual salary of $122,200.00 including any supplements and additional compensation for services which are paid pursuant to state law or county ordinance, which are being received on March 15, 2007, and which are paid from the funds of Clayton County. This shall not prohibit the governing authority of Clayton County from increasing the amount of any supplement or compensation for additional duties which the governing authority may lawfully pay to the sheriff on or after July 1, 2007." ))

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20072008/HB/704

......The Snipers on the Roof took place on Victor Hill's first day as The Clayton County Sheriff, in JANUARY 2005. For that incident, some of our Representatives still thought that he deserved a increase in pay. I may be wrong about this, but, this still puzzles me.

......Would anyone Please sort out this puzzle ?

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20072008/HB/704

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

........Hill was using his Deputies to dehumanize the citizens of Clayton County, during routine traffic stops and road blocks. These Deputies was jumping calls, crashing police vehicles, and creating an unsafe environment on our public streets. We had several friends and relatives, from out of town, that was afraid to come to our home in fear of by random searches by Hill's Deputies or one of Hill's Check Point Charlie Road Blocks.

http://www.news-daily.com/news/2012/jan/19/hills-tenure-sheriff-fraught-controversy/?c=120874

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

...Smoke, Mirrors, and Gaining Power :

.....Hill had already painted the Sheriff Vehicles Black, and changed the Deputy Uniforms to mimic that of The Clayton County Police, but he wanted more :

Quote : ((" According to Hill, the "next step" toward consolidation is a voter referendum. Hill is the only elected official in Clayton County who has publicly promoted or supported the idea of giving the sheriff's office more power through the elimination of the police department."))

http://www.news-daily.com/news/2008/jun/06/consolidation-question-goes-to-democrats-on/?templates=desktop

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

....When Victor Hill replaced all of the old tan and brown uniforms with dark navy uniforms that resemble police uniforms :

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months 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, 2 months ago

....Accepting Victor Hill as our Sheriff would be like accepting Hilter's terms of law and order. It obvious that Hill is a self serving egotistical opportunist, with no limits set upon himself.

.....How far can Victor Hill go?

http://www.atlantamagazine.com/features/Story.aspx?ID=1639278

......Victor Hill says he’s a ‘more mature, wiser person’

(( "Hill, who has previously compared himself to Gen. George Washington, fictional crime fighter Batman, Muhammad Ali, explorer Christopher Columbus and Jesus, made another biblical comparison at the end of the interview."

“I’m like Jonah,” he said. “I was put in a fish and shook up and now I’m on dry land.”))

.....Victor Hill's "Operation Jericho"

(("Hill said the conventional method of warrants and arrests are not working, and that military-like occupation of deputies is necessary."

"The war on drugs in Clayton County, as in most jurisdictions, I liken it to the Vietnam War," Hill said. "Hit and miss, there is no clear win — we don’t know if we’re gaining ground or not. What we want to do is we want to change our strategy. We want to make this more like a Normandy invasion."))


......."And of course when you're fighting a war, you can't really concern yourself with collateral damage."

......"Kathryn Johnston: A Year Later"

"92-year-old woman's death has done little to curb the use of paramilitary police tactics around the country."

http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/02/24/atlanta.police/

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

....How can Victor Hill compare the Normany Invasion to that of a neighborhood search ?

....Is Victor a lunatic, or a self made egotistical arrogant moron ?

.....Riddle me with this :

......Has Victor Hill ever spent one single day in a military combat zone ?

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

.....I just can't bring myself to drink from Victor Hill's Snake Oil Wagon.

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OscarKnight 1 year, 2 months ago

......"Let justice take its course"

........Maybe Victor Hill's Peanut Gallery should be reading this.

....Quote : (( "#Although trial Judge Albert Collier admonished spectators to refrain from reacting to testimony, sounds of support for Hill could be heard Thursday afternoon without reprimands from sheriff’s deputies posted in the courtroom."))

....Riddle Me With This :

.....Why did Judge Collier not find Victor Hill's Peanut Gallery in contempt ?

.....Why did the Deputies not eject Victor Hill's Peanut Gallery for making disruptions in the courtroom ?

...Regardless what these Victor Hill supporters thinks; This Trial is not a circus and we don't need any clowns in this courtroom.

http://www.news-daily.com/news/2013/aug/09/hill-companion-driver-testify-thursday/?c=121069

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