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More charges for Sheriff Peterson

By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

August 28, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A south Georgia Sheriff faces two more federal charges.

Clinch County Sheriff Winston Peterson is now charged with another count of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors with the US Attorney's office accuse him of tipping off Judge Brooks Blitch to the identity of an FBI informant, then lying about it to a grand jury.

The charges were filed two weeks after Judge Hugh Lawson tossed out previous obstruction of justice and forced labor charges filed against Peterson.

Peterson's attorney says they will ask for these new charges to be dismissed as well.

Peterson remains on the job and will have his day in court on September Eight.



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