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Judge Linda Peterson acquitted of all charges

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

November 4, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The conviction of a South Georgia Judge has been overturned.

In July, a jury found Clinch County Associate Magistrate Judge Linda Peterson guilty of perjury and making false statements.

She was accused of lying to federal investigators in a probe to weed out governmental and judicial corruption in the Alapaha Judicial Circuit.

Monday, Judge Hugh Lawson tossed out the convictions. 

"Count one, the perjury charge, he has dismissed that based on the fact that there was no materiality in any false statements she may have given. As to the second count, the false statement count,  there appeared to be a material variance between what the government proved and what the indictment was," says Ed Voyles, an attorney for Peterson.

If the US Attorney's office files a motion and wins an appeal, Peterson will be granted a new trial.

Peterson, who's been suspended, can now return to the bench and seek compensation.