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Heard files suit against Board

Attorney Henry Williams, left, and Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Lorenzo Heard stand on the steps of the Dougherty County Courthouse Tuesday where they announced they have filed suit to force the county Board of Elections to place Heard’s name on the November ballot against Lane Price in the at-large school board race.

Attorney Henry Williams, left, and Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Lorenzo Heard stand on the steps of the Dougherty County Courthouse Tuesday where they announced they have filed suit to force the county Board of Elections to place Heard’s name on the November ballot against Lane Price in the at-large school board race.

ALBANY, Ga. — Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church pastor Lorenzo Heard has filed suit in Dougherty County Superior Court seeking to force the county elections board to place his name on the Nov. 6 ballot as an independent in the county School Board race against Lane Price.

Heard’s attorney, Henry Williams, filed the suit late Tuesday afternoon and held a news conference with Heard hours later to announce the action.

“Instead of getting his day on the ballot, Rev. Heard will get his day in court,” said Williams. “This is all about giving the voters a choice and it has nothing to do with the other candidate. This is also about due process and fairness and the appearance of fairness.

“We’ve been caught up in the barbed wire of technicalities.”

Williams said the case is built around two “flaws” in the process the board used in rejecting Heard’s candidacy.

Williams claims the elections office erred in not accepting Heard’s notice of candidacy application.

He also contends the office erred in determining the number of valid petition signatures Heard needed to get his name on the ballot.

Heard’s certificate of candidacy was presented to the elections office by County Commissioner-elect Clinton Johnson just prior to the noon qualifying deadline.

The paperwork, which had been time stamped, was rejected and returned to Johnson, who then left the building. On Aug. 6, Heard arrived at the elections office with his petition signatures, and claimed the document Johnson presented three days earlier was an original affidavit.

When asked the location of the original notarized document, Heard responded “it no longer exists. It was shredded.”

Heard then said the time stamped original was shredded “out of frustration.”

In regard to the signature petitions, Williams claimed the elections office is using flawed numbers.

The signatures of 2,911 registered Dougherty County voters (five percent of more than 59,000 county voters) were needed on the candidacy petition.

Elections officials certified just 1,672 signatures of the 3,258 submitted; 1,202 signatures were not certified when it became obvious Heard would not reach the required 2,911 threshold.

Williams said the elections office should have used numbers from the last general election, which was held in 2008.

“There were 46,000 registered voters in Dougherty County in 2008, they should not have used the 59,000 they are currently using,” Williams said. “If the starting basis is flawed then the requisite number of signatures is also flawed.”

Williams added that by using the “correct” number of 46,000 registered voters in 2008, Heard would need just 2,626 certified signatures rather than 2,911.

“There is a discrepancy in the numbers the elections office is using,” Williams said. “All we want is for the citizens of Dougherty County to have a choice in this election.”

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years, 3 months ago

How many fraudulent signatures did we deduce were found? 384? Which equates to roughly 20%...

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Terihdfxr 2 years, 2 months ago

I want to see the list. Isnt that public, and why cant we get the list?

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B4it 2 years, 3 months ago

LH = excuse me Judge, I have not totally shown the people of Albany that I am not only incompetent, but I need to top it off with a lawsuit to show them I am really not qualified to even be on the School Board.

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FlunkyMonkey 2 years, 3 months ago

Once again a member of the community does not abide by the rules, flaunts his error and then sues the county to get what he/she wants.....only a black man can teach a black man. The lesson here, the rules don't apply if you are black. If you cant steal it, sue to get it.

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VSU 2 years, 3 months ago

Another racist move just to keep a white person from getting on the school board, overwise he wouldn't have tried to run in the first place. These black devils are really getting desperate.

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lynn227 2 years, 2 months ago

Black devils? And here I was thinking all angels, even former ones, were depicted as being white. Smh violently!

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

don't shake so hard you get brain damage!!!!!!! oops.....too late! sorry, you just teed that one up for me

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hotdog 2 years, 2 months ago

It amazes me how some white people use racist rhetoric like VSU and have the nerve to call someone else a devil....check your history and see who the devil really is

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

This is the modern day devil. Blacks want to take over everything else so they might as well take over the devils work.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

I never thought I would live long enough to see the black people, not all but most, do what they can or will do to get a dinky office. MLK is probably spinning in his grave now.

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ittybittyme 2 years, 2 months ago

Don't worry about "Reverend" Heard...God sees all...he will get his due for using the Lord for his own selfish, racist purposes...Hope I am around to see it!!

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 2 months ago

he can file suit if he wants. If it was the other way around....sister ruby would do the same thing!!! hahaha

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

there's an old say you might want to consider before you post anymore: It's better to have people THINK you're a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

i knew you wouldn't understand. oh well, don't say i never tried to help anybody

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 2 months ago

Poor Ty.....ask Sister Ruby for a tissue.....

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

poor coach, hiding under a different name.

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bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 2 months ago

I like it when you call me Coach......thats my dog!!!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

bsrn....If I had just demonstrated to 200,000 people that I was so inept and incompetent that I could not even follow simple directions in filling out a simple form and turning it in on time to qualify for a candidacy......I would just go shoot myself in the head.....even if I WAS a closet Multi-Millionaire who drives an Expensive Luxury Import.

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RedRaider 2 years, 2 months ago

He said that he didn't want to run.

He said that he tried to get a number of other people from his "community" to run and when he couldn't get anyone else to run - he decided to run himself.

What is this saying to the people of Albany?

What is his motive for running? Is he really doing it for our children, or is he doing it to maintain some kind of power?

Is this another indication that there are some supposed "leaders" in our city and county who just want to keep us racially divided?

This appears to me to be a sordid mess.

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nofreeloader 2 years, 2 months ago

Mr.(didnt go to some kinda churchin school)Heard. you would be better understood at the jail house consoling the thug from T-ville arrested for that other thugs (my baby from smallbany) murder. You would surely get some sympathy there. This is so ridiculous. The reason Jesse an Al haven't came to the rescue is they do have some sense enough to know it's ridiculous an absurd as well.

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FryarTuk 2 years, 2 months ago

I want to learn something about the curate's housing project and after school mission being paid for by the taxpayers. Millions of dollars I hear. Probably have to file a freedom of information request. Maybe more than one. Could be a lot of people have curiosity about these projects.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

To quote Sherwood Associate Pastor: Because we are a 501 C 3 we do not have to keep track of that information nor divulge it to anybody.

Good luck getting FOI results from any of these "ministries".

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rightasrain 2 years, 2 months ago

While they laugh all the way to the bank!

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USTPC 2 years, 2 months ago

What is the basis of the lawsuit going to be? They did not accept the photocopy of his affidavit that was then shredded by himself or his group of organizers? Rules are pretty clear it has to be an original.

Maybe he is going to argue that in spite of the fact that he did not have the required 3000 verifiable signatures on the petition and that 10% of them were clearly forged and did not exist the fact is that the petition did have more than 3000 signatures (real and fake ones) and he really is a better candidate than Price (not a chance) and only has the children's best interests at heart (again, not a chance) and he is a "pastor" so he would not intentionally do anything dishonest (yeah, right) so he should be allowed on the ballet?

Whether the person that rejected his affidavit had the authority to do so is irrelevent because the signature petition that he turned in did not contain the nearly 3000 legitimate and verifiable signatures he needed to be added to the ballot and therefore he should not be. End of story.

There is no basis for a lawsuit and the judge should throw it out and make him pay all court costs including the costs of the board of elections for having to defend itself against a frivilous lawsuit.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

This depends on who the judge is and whether he is of the good old boy system. Bet the judge will not be white.

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

don't forget that he didn't pay the $108 application fee either. also, he specifically said "i didn't even want to run"

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waltspecht 2 years, 2 months ago

This sounds like the Lawyer's advice to the drunk thaat just got into a wreck. "Walk into the nearest Bar and call the Police, then have a drink or three to calm your nerves, and make sure people see you taking those drinks." About like shred the evidance and claim frustration, that way there will always be a question as to it's authentisity.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

You have mainly been caught up because you did not pay your fees. Why doesn't lawyer King pay the measly $108? If he was so concerned, this will hold you off the ballot quicker than anything else. This was a switch and bait and God willing they will not win. I for one do not care, but I think the children need a chance at a good education, not more bondage to what they have had for years.

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VietVet1 2 years, 2 months ago

Williams said the case is built around two “flaws” - NO this is about TWO Clowns!

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JustAnotherVoice 2 years, 2 months ago

“This is all about giving the voters a choice and it has nothing to do with the other candidate. This is also about due process and fairness and the appearance of fairness."

What a crock!

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jglass 2 years, 2 months ago

I saw this one coming. If he was so interested in running for the position, he should have run during the primary elections. This is absolutely a "race" issue I don't care what he says. He did not pay his fee, he did not give an original document, and there were not enough legitimate signatures on the petition...................so HE DID NOT QUALIFY. This should be the END of the story. Oh, and he shredded the docs out of frustration, what the heck would he do if he got frustrated sitting on the board??????

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

As it was said before, Heard didn't run before because they had their black candidate in the race but did not anticipate her being defeated, plus his running would have split the black vote making it easier for Price to win. Once their candidate got defeated they all scrambled around (probably called an emergency meeting) and had to come up with a new plan.

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43cop 2 years, 2 months ago

Henry, you know better even though I know it is about your fee from the alledged preacher. There was a choice and that was Williams and Price. The voters elected Lane Price and that should be the end, but not in the city and county. Heard, who is probably doing this at the request and incouragement of several (unnamed), one is bald headed and the other wears a bow tie, I sincerely hope loses this battle. If true justice is done, (?), he will have to go back to his church with his tails between his legs and tell all of his congregation about discrimination against him.

Don't you people get it, enought is enought.

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Momof3 2 years, 2 months ago

"Heard then said the time stamped original was shredded “out of frustration.”

SO how is it the Board of Elections fault if YOU did something? They didn't make you shred anything and if you knew you were still going to try to run after that, common sense would say " KEEP THIS STUFF". And what about the forged signatures? Is that the Boards fault as well or are you going to take responsibiltiy for that one?? Sheeshhhh......

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 2 months ago

Can we expect the Elections Board or other elected officials to take action on the 384 fraudulent signatures on the petition? Nah, didn't think so...

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ontario1966 2 years, 2 months ago

Heard needs to prove his papers that one he is a pastor! Two someone needs to take the good book and slap him along side the head with it! An Three this idiot is keeping racism alive and well! And this ambulance chaser of a lawyer needs to be dis-barred! Gotta love Albany! I can see this so called pastor in church Sunday yelling the Devil is in this area! And than he needs to look in the mirror!! What a down right loser!

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USTPC 2 years, 2 months ago

How can you argue the number of registered voters? If there are 59,000 registered voters in Dougherty County as of this election than how can you logically argue that 5% of the number of registered voters in 2008 is the number of signatures needed to qualify for the 2012 election?

Is he also going to file a suit on behalf of the other pastor who was trying to run against Velvet Riggins using the same logic?

If I were running I would be embarrassed to get up in front of the people I wanted to vote for me and make this argument. But then again, I would have met all the requirements well in advance of the deadline. But hey, that is just me.

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ontario1966 2 years, 2 months ago

I will also bet the church will pay for the lawyer? And the congregation won't even know about it! Lmao! I'm not a betting man at all! But I'm will to this time!

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Cartman 2 years, 2 months ago

LOL. He is taking it to court and he shredded his own evidence. Ever heard of spoliation of evidence? If you destroy evidence, the other side is entitled to an "adverse inference" that the document was against your interests.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

"When asked the location of the original notarized document, Heard responded “it no longer exists. It was shredded.” Heard then said the time stamped original was shredded “out of frustration.”

And I call Heard a Damn Liar.

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bubbavet 2 years, 2 months ago

Again. Where are the "REAL PREACHERS"? How can you face God and not speak against this so called preacher.

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USTPC 2 years, 2 months ago

The White preachers cannot say anything because they would be labeled racist. The Black preachers are not saying anything because they are okay with what he is doing or just do not care.

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

Even the dumbest judge out there could figure this case out in 2 minutes and dismiss the case. At least an honest judge would. I wouldn't be surprised if the church took the congregation money to pay off the judge to rule in their favor.

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jglass 2 years, 2 months ago

Funny the 3 judges here "recused" themselves. I guess they know it will not fly!!!

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USTPC 2 years, 2 months ago

I think they are also smart enough to realize that no matter how they rule in the case it could impact their chances at being re-elected and they are not willing to take that risk.

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ontario1966 2 years, 2 months ago

Even the judges are corrupt! Shows how much they care when they took the oath of office? They lied!

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LuLu 2 years, 2 months ago

Wait. Did I miss something? I thought his attorney was Maurice King.

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 2 months ago

Keep thinking, and we'll keep winning!

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

we? is this idiot your "reverend"? that would explain alot!

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REM 2 years, 2 months ago

This idiot needs to quit wasting the time of the Election Board and of Lane Price. Lorenzo said he didn't want to run, but he wants to give the citizens a "choice" in the election. What About July 31st? We had two candidates, the citizens spoke/voted, and that should be enough. Lane Price actually wants to run and has shown citizens her plan to change our mismanaged school system. "It's nothing to do with the other candidate," though.

Gimmie a BrEak!!!

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 2 months ago

The cat is out of the bag, Sister lives in Valdosta, and this explains the negative environment she foster toward people of __.

READ MY LIPS - WE THE CITIZENS LOVE ASU,DCSS, DARTON, and all other ATTRACTIONs.

Stop using the global internet to cause dispair in our community. We are winners! we alsways win.

Stop hidding behind your empty sad song's.

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tywebb 2 years, 2 months ago

Hellbany? Is that the fill-in-the-blank answer? you are freakin' delusional. If sister is "causing dispair in our community" because of what she types on the herald's website then the community is in worse shape than i thought!

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Amazed2 2 years, 2 months ago

Thats right bubbavet we the citizens love all the as you called the "Attractions". I believe that is a term commonly used by the Circus and Zoo, etc.

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

I 'gon Stop Hidding. Right now. I swear to God...I mean Tha Devil.

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