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Gambling special prosecutor and players react to GBI arrest


Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens is waiting for official notice that the Dougherty District Attorney will recuse himself from prosecuting suspected gamblers before appointing a special prosecutor.  

Greg Edwards told us his office will not handle the cases against 14 men arrested in a GBI raid Monday night because of personal relationships he and his staff have with some of the suspects.  

A spokesperson for the attorney general says that's common. Olens' office released a statement saying, "the Attorney General is required to appoint a substitute prosecutor when a District Attorney has notified the Attorney General that his or her office has a conflict of interest."      

Olens will see which attorney in his office has time to handle the case before assigning a special prosecutor.

Some south Georgians who gamble for fun may be rethinking their actions following those arrests. Several other prominent business owners admit they play gin daily, for a penny a point, at Doublegate Country Club.  

Many golfers admit they wager a little money per hole to "spice up the game." But by Georgia law, that is illegal gambling.  

Monday's raid of a longtime poker game among friends, has many South Georgians asking if their game could be next. "I guess theoretically that's gambling and probably could be called a violation of the law.  Golly, I don't think they make enough jails to fill up everybody," said card player Chris Glover.

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