Senior Superior Court judge to hear arguments in case against DA White
Senior Judge of Superior Court of Georgia Robert B. Struble will listen to arguments Wednesday (May 25) that Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White committed a felony by not getting permission from the City of Hartwell to use police officers in a campaign advertisement.
The hearing will be held at the Hart County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m., according to court documents issued Friday.
Madison County Attorney Lane Fitzpatrick assisted a Hartwell resident in an attempt to get a magistrate judge in Hart County to sign an arrest warrant against Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White after White mailed a campaign flyer two weeks ago featuring a photo of the Hartwell police chief and members of the Hartwell police department.
Fitzpatrick placed an advertisement in The Hartwell Sun last week saying that White didn’t get permission from the Hartwell City Council to use such a photo as required by state law.
The application for the warrant included affidavits by the Hartwell city manager and a Hartwell city council member saying White did not ask for permission to run the photos.
Hart County Chief Magistrate Judge Thomas Jordan has recused himself from the case and turned it over to the state’s judicial assistance board after the circuit’s Superior Court judges voluntarily recused themselves.
Struble was assigned the case by the state judicial board.
“This is a publicity stunt by criminal defense attorneys who are desperate to take control of the DA’s office,” White said in response to the application for the warrant. “It is my position that no laws have been broken.”
“He used law enforcement officers and their uniforms, badges, etc. in his campaign materials without the express permission of the Hartwell City Council,” said White’s opponent in the Tuesday, May 24 Republican primary, Richard D. Campbell of Elberton.
Campbell, in a statement released Thursday, said he had nothing to do with the complaint filed in Hart County last week.