Victor Hill elected sheriff in Clayton County despite indictment
Sheriff-elect Victor Hill
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
Victor Hill easily won back his Clayton County sheriff's seat, but what's next for him could be the real challenge.
Hill has to win the court battle against multiple felony charges and a possible suspension from the governor.
His defense team said the Election Day win was big, but not as big as their victory in the courtroom that could essentially speed this whole process up.
Attorney Steve Frey said they won the right to ask the court of appeals to let it come back to trial rather than letting it sit waiting in appeals court.
"It gets us back on track to resolve this matter. That's all we've ever wanted to do," said Frey.
Back on track, but not on time. Frey said they're still behind and there's no way this will be tried before January when Hill is sworn in and the next challenge begins.
Brian Robinson is the governor's chief of staff.
Once he is sworn in, the fact that he is under indictment will trigger our office to start a three-person panel.
That panel will look at the matter and decide if Hill needs to be suspended while the case is pending in court.
"I'm yet to see a panel recommend that someone under indictment remain in office. They almost always recommend suspension because an indictment is such serious business," said Robinson.
That's especially true when you consider two of those panelists will be sheriff's who will likely go to the sheriff's association for input, which has already blasted Hill's actions calling it embarrassing.
Howard Sills, president of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association, said from what he can see Hill should be suspended.
"We are the chief law enforcement officers of this state. We are the people that got this legislation passed. We have to hold ourselves to a standard higher than anyone else. Period," Sills said.
Robinson said the governor would rather not be involved with this at all. He said he would like to see it end in court but with the appeals and the slow court process, that's not likely going to happen.
Hill is set to take office in less than two months.
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Monday, September 1 2014 11:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:00:16 GMT
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