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House candidate says bonds are excessive

October 4, 2004

Thomasville - Gary Cooper is a bail bondsman. Two years ago, he posted bonds of $180,000 each in Thomas County for two Chinese men charged with theft by deception and credit card fraud.

The two men fled, and the court ordered Cooper to pay $360,000. Cooper says the bonds are excessive and a language barrier kept them from being reduced.

He says, "No one could interpret for the Chinese people. And I think when you're in our society, when you're in a free society and you don't have an interpretation and you can't help people that aren't from this area, regardless of their crime, there's something wrong with that."

Cooper has appealed to the Georgia Court of Appeals. He is running for House Seat 173, which represents Thomas and Grady counties against Republican Mike Keown.

posted at 4:33 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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