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Supreme Court hears South Georgia case

February 12, 2007

Randolph County--  Controversy surrounding a South Georgia election has reached the state's highest court.

Last year, Edward Johnson was placed on the ballot to run for a seat on the Randolph County commission. Six days before the election, county election officials scheduled a hearing to challenge Johnson's qualification because his petition was not notarized.

Lawyers were able to prevent that hearing from taking place and Johnson later won the commission seat. Monday, the county's lawyer went before the Supreme Court to ask if Johnson's candidacy should still be considered valid because of the technicality.

Johnson's attorney Maurice King says the whole thing is race-related.

"What is going on in Randolph County now is they are using election officials to try to win elections. I've been litigating cases over there for four years and I'm confident that it's race-related and they're trying to get sophisticated with it," said King.

King expects a ruling from the Supreme Court in the next few months. Randolph County Attorney Tommy Coleman was not available for comment.

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