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May 13, 2004

Terrell County-- Some Dawson citizens will be asking the City Council Thursday night to remove a judge from the bench.

The Terrell County NAACP has been circulating a petition, demanding that Municipal Court Judge Henry Williams be fired.

Members of the NAACP are upset over a series of what they call inappropriate behavior by Judge Williams.

Most recently, a small group of citizens protested a ruling by Judge Williams, who sentenced Willie McCray to 11 years behind bars for violating multiple court orders to clean up his yard. Lucius Holloway says, "As, my parents use to say McCray is the straw that broke the camel's back so that is why we are dwelling so heavily on that and it drew a wide range of tension because of the excessiveness that we feel like took place in the McCray case."

From behind the bench, Judge Williams defended his actions, saying he his following the law.

The NAACP has already turned in the petition to the city manager. They plan to address the city council Thursday tonight. The meeting starts at 6:30.

Posted at 4:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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