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Ga. inmate found guilty of murder in 1998 given new trial because of lost transcript

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SUMMARIES OF RECENT OPINIONS

FROM GA. SUPREME COURT

Published Monday, November 7, 2016

 

Please note: Opinion summaries are prepared by the Public Information Office for the general public and news media. Summaries are not prepared for every opinion released by the Court, but only for those cases considered of great public interest. Opinion summaries are not to be considered as official opinions of the Court. The full opinions are available on the Supreme Court website at www.gasupreme.us .

 

SHEARD V. THE STATE (S16A1291)

            A man who has already served nearly 20 years of a life prison sentence has had his murder conviction reversed under a decision today by the Supreme Court of Georgia.

            Elliot Sheard, who was found guilty in 1998 by a Fulton County jury for his role in the stabbing death of Charles Elder, is entitled to a new trial, Justice Carol Hunstein writes for a unanimous court. Because critical parts of the transcript from his trial have never been found, Sheard was effectively denied his right to appeal, and “where the missing transcript prevents adequate review of the trial below, a new trial is warranted,” the opinion says.

Operation Southern Impact leads to 30 arrests of those who exploit children online

Operation coordinated across Georgia

and Alabama

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GBI Press Release

Decatur, GA – A total of 30 people were arrested during a mutually coordinated operation between Georgia and Alabama law enforcement agencies. Operation Southern Impact targeted persons who sexually exploit children by using the Internet.  In Georgia, 17 people have been arrested during Operation Southern Impact.  Those arrested in Georgia were charged with crimes pursuant to O.C.G.A. 16-12-100.2, Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007.  Additional charges may be forthcoming and other arrests may occur after analysis of seized digital devices.

 

Miller's counsel seeks bond and speedy trial

Indictment also challenged as being too vague

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Attorneys representing Mark Miller, the jailed Jasper lawyer charged with dozens of counts of financial fraud and theft, filed motions in Pickens superior court last week asking to move this case along and for another shot at bail for their client. 

Attorneys Scott Poole and Ross Grisham also filed a motion challenging the indictment accusing Miller of more than a $1 million in fraud/theft as being too vague.

See complete story in this week's print edition.

Patriotic folks needed for Veterans Day Parade

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By Suellen Reitz

 

American Legion Post 149 is looking for patriotic folks who want to show their support of veterans by marching or entering a float in the Parade honoring our veterans November 11 in downtown Jasper. If you have ever wanted to march down Main street or ride on your own float while being cheered by happy onlookers on the street corners and sides of the parade route…now is your chance to shine.

There is no charge for entering the parade. The only request is when registering you give parade coordinators the name of float or marching group. Registration can be made online at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Questions should be directed to Steve Whitt at the same email address or the Legion hotline number 706- 253-1715

Parade participants will form up at 9 a.m. behind the Jasper United Methodist Church on Spring Street with the kick off time starting at 10. The route will go down Main and turn past the Court House onto Stegall where all of Jasper Elementary School Students and their teachers will be cheering as they hold up their patriotic posters.  The route will end at Lee Newton Park for a special tribute to all of our veterans, past and present.

Special music sure to have everyone wanting to move their feet to the patriotic beat will be performed by Pickens High Marching band.  The granddaughter of U.S.  Army Veteran Ron Wheeler, Miss Andrea Layne will sing the National Anthem followed by the reading of names of all fallen veterans from Pickens.  Veterans Day finale will feature a special patriotic message given by U.S. Army Major Donovan Duke.

Major Duke, currently assigned as an assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of North Georgia, was deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm; four deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and two deployments to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.  Enlisted at age 17 in 1989, Duke received his commission in 2005 upon graduation from Fort Benning Officer Candidate School.  Highly decorated, some of MAJ Dukes awards include: Bronze Star w 3OLC; Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal w/2OLC, and Army Commendation Medal with Valor.

Come show our veterans the support they deserve and take part in Jasper’s Veteran Day Celebrations.  Bring your friends and wave your flag proudly as you walk down Main Street as part of the parade or just as a supporting fan.  

Let’s make Veterans Day 2016 one to be remembered.

 

Schools struggle to keep bus drivers, food service employees

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Pickens County Schools Director of Operations Stacy Gilleland recently spoke to the school board about the difficulty they are having hiring and keeping qualified bus drivers – a problem systems across the state face.   

“If we have to add two more routes this year I don’t know what I’ll do,” Gilleland said. “Kids are going to be getting home later and picked up earlier. We’ve got the fleet. We’ve got the equipment. We’ve got everything we need but the personnel. It’s just crazy. But if you go to any county you see this big sign, ‘bus drivers needed.’ It’s not just here.”