Judge Linda Peterson acquitted of all charges - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Judge Linda Peterson acquitted of all charges

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    WRD meets to discuss deer hunting

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:51:01 GMT
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.Tuesday, the Wildlife Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10- year Deer Management Plan.More >>
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.Tuesday, the Wildlife Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10- year Deer Management Plan.More >>
  • New 10-year Deer Management Plan

    New 10-year Deer Management Plan

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:35:01 GMT
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.The Wild Life Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10-year Deer Management Plan. More >>
    Deer hunting season is just around the corner.The Wild Life Resources Division met in Lee County to talk with the community about a new 10-year Deer Management Plan. More >>
  • Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline

    Dougherty County residents speak out against proposed pipeline

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-08-20 03:30:17 GMT
    Gloria Gaines, Former Dougherty County CommissionerGloria Gaines, Former Dougherty County Commissioner
    A Dougherty County neighborhood is speaking out against a proposed natural gas pipeline. Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline project. More >>
    A Dougherty County neighborhood is speaking out against a proposed natural gas pipeline. Members of the Radium Springs community met Tuesday night to express their concerns about the proposed route of the Sabal pipeline project. More >>

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.

Feedback