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Sansom accuses Meggs of misconduct; wants charges ditched



State Rep. Ray Sansom has accused State Attorney Willie Meggs of improper conduct, including releasing grand jury testimony, and wants the case against him thrown out. Motion here.

"In the American system of justice, the prosecutor is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as its obligation to govern at all; and whose interest, therefore, in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case,
but that justice shall be done. . . ." the motion states.

"Over the last nine months, a disturbing pattern has developed with respect to the State Attorney’s handling of the prosecution. The State Attorney: illegally published the Presentment; illegally released the transcript of Richburg’s Grand Jury testimony; illegally released the transcript of Sansom’s Grand Jury testimony; manipulated the Grand Jury process by mishandling witnesses and testimony; unethically sought to discourage witnesses from cooperating with the defense; and endangered the constitutional rights of the Defendants by making unethical public comments about the case and the Defendants."

The motion was filed behalf of Jay Odom and James Richburg. All three have been accused to plotting to get $6 million in taxpayer money for a airport building that Odom wanted to use to store aircraft.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:15pm]


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