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Clinch judge wants charges dropped or new trial

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

July 23, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia Judge wants to be cleared of all charges against her.

Attorneys for Linda Peterson, the Clinch County Associate Magistrate Judge, filed a motion of acquittal this week.

Peterson was found guilty of false statement and perjury earlier this month

Her attorneys also asked that if her charges weren't thrown out, that she be granted a new trial--citing lack of evidence and prosecutorial misconduct.

They claim prosecutors presented no evidence that Peterson knowingly made false statements or lied to the grand jury.

Her attorneys asay Peterson was a victim of a perjury trap, and that the government called her before the grand jury for the primary purpose of obtaining testimony from her in order to prosecute her later for perjury.

They also accuse prosecutors of mishandling a key witness, saying they bullied Sheriff's Office employee Sissy Suggs to testify.

No word yet on when the judge will hear the motion.