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Georgia Supreme Court denies appeal for sheriff

June 30, 2005

Atlanta- The state Supreme Court today denied the appeal of a Georgia Sheriff convicted here in Dougherty County of murder nearly three years ago. Justices upheld the murder and racketeering convictions of former DeKalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey.

In 2002, a jury in Albany convicted him for arranging the death of Derwin Brown who defeated him in the 2000 election. His trial was moved here because of pre-trial publicity in Atlanta. Dougherty D-A Ken Hodges helped prosecute.

"Delighted by this decision. The Supreme Court hasn't always come down with good decisions for us here recently in Dougherty County but this decision, affirming the Sydney Dorsey conviction on all counts, was very good news to get," said Ken Hodges, Dougherty District Attorney.

Dorsey's lawyers claimed he was improperly prosecuted on broad and vague theft charges that should never have been charged as crimes. Dorsey is serving a life sentence.

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