Wayne 985: A Southern man running from the law who gets elected sheriff? Wasn't this a subplot in Django Unchained?
gweilo8888: You know the easy solution to that, don't you?Don't go in a hunting area with a weapon unless you have a license. It's not that hard.You'll pardon me if I don't fear this. Not even slightly.
BronyMedic: 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.
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.
Kelvis: I hate to rain on the south bashing parade, but Clayton County is a densely populated suburb of Atlanta, 70% black, and virtually all of its elected leaders including the sheriff are black. The fact that the (white) governor cannot remove an elected official not in his chain of command cannot possibly be evidence of racism, backwater-ism, or good ole boy- ism. This is good old fashioned city machine politics corruption, ala Chicago and Washington DC (Marion Barry, anyone?)
Gyrfalcon: cman: What is this madness? Innocent until proven guilty? Thats liberal hogwashIn this case, more like an as-is sale. You knew it was probably broken when you bought it, so you're screwed.
orbister: Nobody should be disbarred from public office for criminal conviction. If we-the-people want to elect someone with a criminal record, that should be up to us. I'd be happy with an automatic re-election in the case of serious offences - when there is a sentence of imprisonment, perhaps - but that's as far as I'd do.
Bippal: maram500: 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 friendsJindal was born in Baton Rouge, his parents came from India before he was born. Unless I am mistaken.
vestona22: SN1987a goes boom: 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?He didn't shut down the Post Office. He had his POST certification yanked. Which I believe he got back. These are two fundamentally different things. A great example of the confusion surrounding this story, though.
Apos: A few more stories like this and GA might be eligible for a Fark tag.
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