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  • Sheriff Joe: 32? Amateur, I do that before breakfast
  • Hill will remain sheriff unless he is convicted

    I fail to see the asinine in this story. Innocent until proven guilty, and all that.


    his state law enforcement certification has been suspended since he was indicted, which means the sheriff cannot make arrests or serve warrants

    OK, there it is.
  • What is this madness? Innocent until proven guilty? Thats liberal hogwash
  • Seriously, subs.  In Savannah, during my childhood, a sheriff ran successfully for re-election from his jail cell while awaiting trial for the murder of his wife and her lover.
  • A few more stories like this and GA might be eligible for a Fark tag.
  • fusillade762: Hill will remain sheriff unless he is convicted

    I fail to see the asinine in this story. Innocent until proven guilty, and all that.


    his state law enforcement certification has been suspended since he was indicted, which means the sheriff cannot make arrests or serve warrants

    OK, there it is.


    My first thought was "yeah he's pretty much nailed, superglued and encased inside of the wall itself at this point for it to go this far."
  • Honey Boo-Boo really set the bar low for weird Georgia stories, Subby...
  • Where's the outrage here.  The Sheriff is an elected official, he is not subordinate to the governor.  If he was the Chief of the State Police, the Governor would have the authority to fire him.  If he was a city police chief, the Mayor would have the authority to fire him.  The governor cannot just come into a county and fire the Sheriff, even if he's accused of 32 felonies.

    Georgia, like every other state in the country (i'm assuming based on experience) have laws in place that prohibit felons from serving as police officers.  In this case, he is an accused felon, not a convicted felon, ergo, he's allowed to keep his job until he's convicted.  Anyway, his law enforcement powers have essentially been suspended, meaning he can't do anything anyway.
  • Hmmm. What if it was a situation where a corrupt governor was harassing a rogue "righteous" sheriff with trumped up charges, because a corrupt system won't tolerate a corrupt man. Shouldn't the courts decide on the crime before the votes of the people are negated?
  • Apos: A few more stories like this and GA might be eligible for a Fark tag.


    It's North Florida.
  • nothing more ignorant in this world than a Yankee, bless their little ol' cold blooded hearts.
    got no manners either
  • A Southern man running from the law who gets elected sheriff? Wasn't this a subplot in Django Unchained?
  • Proving once again, the south is full of idiots.
  • Bronzemom: nothing more ignorant in this world than a Yankee, bless their little ol' cold blooded hearts.
    got no manners either


    *aint nothin mo ignant in this world than a yankee, bless their lil ol cold blooded hearts.
    aint got no matters neither
  • What a douchebag, and this county is goddamn stupid for not including a behavior and morality clause in his contract he agreed to when he was elected.

    Wayne 985: A Southern man running from the law who gets elected sheriff? Wasn't this a subplot in Django Unchained?


    No. Just Small town, good old boy corruption. There's a thousand little Sheriff Joes, you just hear about the one in Arizona.
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  • There's an interesting backstory here that doesn't seem to be getting reported, and I'm not sure I understand it myself.

    This isn't the first time Victor Hill's been elected to this position. The last time, he posted snipers on the roof and walked out a fairly significant number of (oh by the way white) mid-level department personnel. His reason/excuse was that the department was full of a good 'ole boy system that needed to be wiped out.

    During his first "tenure" it seems he was pretty effective at reducing crime by going after what he considered the root cause of it. He shut down strip joints, message parlors, liquor stores, etc. (I know, a real kill joy.) But in the end it seemed to work.

    So that's why everyone's so hung up now. He got kicked out of office for (supposedly trumped up political) charges, but in the end the people wanted him back. Hence his reelection.

    If I got any of that wrong, please correct me, but there's something weird going on, which may explain why this isn't so cut and dry as it seems.
  • BronyMedic: What a douchebag, and this county is goddamn stupid for not including a behavior and morality clause in his contract he agreed to when he was elected.

    Wayne 985: A Southern man running from the law who gets elected sheriff? Wasn't this a subplot in Django Unchained?

    No. Just Small town, good old boy corruption. There's a thousand little Sheriff Joes, you just hear about the one in Arizona.


    Nah, I work in Clayton County, it's basically southside Atlanta. Not small town, good old boy corruption, just regular corruption
  • Okay "drop" a few charges and then reinstate them.

    Tada
  • vestona22: There's an interesting backstory here that doesn't seem to be getting reported, and I'm not sure I understand it myself.

    This isn't the first time Victor Hill's been elected to this position. The last time, he posted snipers on the roof and walked out a fairly significant number of (oh by the way white) mid-level department personnel. His reason/excuse was that the department was full of a good 'ole boy system that needed to be wiped out.

    During his first "tenure" it seems he was pretty effective at reducing crime by going after what he considered the root cause of it. He shut down strip joints, message parlors, liquor stores, etc. (I know, a real kill joy.) But in the end it seemed to work.

    So that's why everyone's so hung up now. He got kicked out of office for (supposedly trumped up political) charges, but in the end the people wanted him back. Hence his reelection.

    If I got any of that wrong, please correct me, but there's something weird going on, which may explain why this isn't so cut and dry as it seems.


    How'd he get away with shutting down the Post Office?
  • Oh please. This Georgia homeboy sheriff doesn't seem to hols a candle to what Louisiana sheriffs are capable of.

    Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois routinely involved himself in DWI cases, often fixing records for friends and acquaintances, handed out credit cards to his friends, tore around town in a seized Maserati (for which he paid nothing), stole money from the parish to pay for vacations and clothing to which he was not entitled, and so much else that the State of Louisiana isn't entirely sure it can sort everything out. Oh, and the good sheriff, upon exiting office, cut himself a check for $16,000 for vacation pay--pay he didn't earn, as sheriffs in Louisiana do not earn vacations.

    Oh, and our governor wasn't actually born here, and his first name ain't "Bobby."

    /His name is Piyush Jindal
    //Probably doesn't go over so well with his Republican friends
  • HideAndGoFarkYourself: Georgia, like every other state in the country (i'm assuming based on experience) have laws in place that prohibit felons from serving as police officers.  In this case, he is an accused felon, not a convicted felon, ergo, he's allowed to keep his job until he's convicted.  Anyway, his law enforcement powers have essentially been suspended, meaning he can't do anything anyway.


    The problem with that argument is that you don't have to be a commissioned law enforcement officer to be ELECTED to the position of Sheriff in some counties in the South, just like you don't have to have ANY medical training to be elected a County Coroner in some southern states.

    Fun Fact: Anyone can be a county constable if elected to the position as well, and have the same law enforcement power as a reserve or paid cop. Many states don't even require them to attend the POST training program, either, meaning they are basically given a badge and told to go buy some blue lights and a gun and have fun with it.
  • The More You Know, Part 2:

    Fellow FARKers, there is something you should fear more than the corrupt small town Sheriff who needs to be in a jail cell when in the South. That person is a Game Warden. They can confiscate everything you have, including your vehicle, for "illegal hunting" if you have a weapon and no hunting license in an area where hunting goes on, or if you even have a spotlight under the seat after dusk with a weapon in the vehicle.
  • fusillade762: I fail to see the asinine in this story. Innocent until proven guilty, and all that.


    It's nice that innocent until proven guilty still applies to somebody.
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