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Some charges dropped for Clinch County Sheriff

February 29, 2008

Homerville - A federal judge dropped three of the five charges against the Clinch County Sheriff.

In November, Winston Peterson was charged with extorting nearly $30,000 from 475 jail inmates.

He was also charged with obstruction of justice, perjury and forced labor.

Thursday, Judge Hugh Lawson dismissed the extortion, forced labor and one obstruction charge.

Peterson is still charged with one count obstruction and perjury.

He requested separate trials for each count, but the judge denied that request.

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