Cross-Scott challenges charges - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Cross-Scott challenges charges

November 27, 2007

Pearson - The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP and other human rights groups all came to the Atkinson County Courthouse to support former Clinch County Commission Rhonda Cross Scott.

"When we heard Dr. Rhonda Cross-Scott had come to appeal what we say is injustice, we had to come. There's no other place we could be," says Same Mosteller, President of SCLC.

Still, a judge denied Cross-Scott's request to be removed from probation and have her record be expunged.

But she's not ready to go down without a fight. "We are trying to get this case thrown out because we feel a lot of it was illegal and a lot of it was politically motivated," says Rhonda's husband Lindsay.

Tuesday's hearing was part of a long legal battle Cross-Scott has faced since 2000.

That's when she uncovered an illegal prison fee while serving on the Clinch County Commission.  "The Sheriff of Clinch County was charging inmates room and board.  These people were locked up in jail and paying rent!" says Reverend Fer-Rell Malone, President of the South Georgia chapter of the SCLC.

Soon after, she was accused of listing her address in Clinch County during her 2000 bid for county commissioner, when she actually lived in Valdosta.

She pleaded guilty to three counts of false registration, was given 15 years probation, a 90 day jail sentence and was banned from the county. 

A punishment that they say is to harsh.  "The penalty for this case was extreme and out of line," Lindsay Scott says.

Now, many officials who brought the charges against her have been federally indicted or are facing charges themselves.  "When crooked folks come up with a decision, the decision is going to be crooked," Malone adds.

Although the verdict was not what they were looking for, these groups say they won't give up and Cross-Scott will soon be free of all charges.

Cross-Scott's supporters say they will challenge the decision made in the courtroom and ask the case be reviewed by a higher court.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Albany officials urge residents to be aware of sewage spill at Flint River

    Albany officials urge residents to be aware of sewage spill at Flint River

    Friday, May 25 2018 4:01 PM EDT2018-05-25 20:01:29 GMT
    Albany officials are urging residents to be aware of the residual sewage along the Flint River in downtown Albany after a spill. (Source: WALB)Albany officials are urging residents to be aware of the residual sewage along the Flint River in downtown Albany after a spill. (Source: WALB)

    Albany officials are urging residents to be aware of the residual sewage along the Flint River in downtown Albany after a spill. 

    More >>

    Albany officials are urging residents to be aware of the residual sewage along the Flint River in downtown Albany after a spill. 

    More >>
  • 2 arrested after overnight Valdosta drug bust

    2 arrested after overnight Valdosta drug bust

    Friday, May 25 2018 3:51 PM EDT2018-05-25 19:51:11 GMT
    $10,000 of marijuana was found during a drug bust. (Source: Valdosta Police Department)$10,000 of marijuana was found during a drug bust. (Source: Valdosta Police Department)
    $10,000 of marijuana was found during a drug bust. (Source: Valdosta Police Department)$10,000 of marijuana was found during a drug bust. (Source: Valdosta Police Department)

    Two people were arrested after an overnight drug bust in Valdosta.

    More >>

    Two people were arrested after an overnight drug bust in Valdosta.

    More >>
  • Who's closed on Memorial Day?

    Who's closed on Memorial Day?

    Friday, May 25 2018 3:44 PM EDT2018-05-25 19:44:48 GMT
    Some restaurants will be closed on Memorial Day. (Source: Pixabay)Some restaurants will be closed on Memorial Day. (Source: Pixabay)
    Some restaurants will be closed on Memorial Day. (Source: Pixabay)Some restaurants will be closed on Memorial Day. (Source: Pixabay)

    On Memorial Day, many businesses are either closed or alter hours in remembrance of the holiday.

    More >>

    On Memorial Day, many businesses are either closed or alter hours in remembrance of the holiday.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly