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Clinch County Sheriff can keep his job

December 19, 2007

Homerville - An indicted South Georgia sheriff will remain in office for now.

Clinch County Sheriff Winston Peterson was indicted in November on extortion, and obstruction of justice charges.

He's accused of extorting nearly $30,000 from 475 inmates for charging them room and board.

The Governor appointed a review panel to determine whether Peterson should be removed from office while awaiting trial.

The panel concluded that the charges do not relate to his job, should not effect the office and the interests of the public.

Because of that, they say he shouldn't have to worry about his job. 

"They said they did not recommend suspending him so from the Governor's perspective this matter is closed because the way the state law is written the Governor can only act to suspend him if the panel recommends suspension," says Bert Brantley, Press Secretary for Governor Perdue.

The panel was made up of the attorney general and two sheriffs, Bacon County Sheriff Richard Foskey, and Wiley Griffin of Decatur County.

No trial date has been set.



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