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Elections Board to seek attorney fees from Heard

ALBANY, Ga. — The attorney who represented the Albany-Dougherty Board of Registration and Elections in a suit brought and dismissed by Dougherty School Board candidate the Rev. Lorenzo Heard has asked for and received permission to seek attorneys fees from Heard.

Dawson attorney Ed Collier told the Elections Board at its November meeting Wednesday evening that he felt the board was entitled to attorneys fees because of the nature of the case filed by Heard and dropped after two days of testimony. He also accused Heard and his representatives of wrongly demeaning staff in the Elections office.

"Our staff were right on the money in (handling Heard's qualifying application)," Collier said. "We went through two days of court hearings before (Heard) subsequently dismissed his suit, and it is my suggestion that you allow me to ask the judge if you are entitled to attorney's fees in this case.

"The taxpayers of Dougherty County are paying me to represent your best interests, and I recommend that you allow me to seek these fees on your behalf. (Heard's attorneys) blasted our Elections staff in court, and their agent testified unequivacably that the (qualifying application) he filed (on Heard's behalf) was a copy, just as we contended all along. Our staff was right on the money."

Elections Board member Commodore Conyers asked Collier if seeking the funds would make further court action necessary.

"Absolutely not," Collier answered. "I have 45 days to file a motion asking that my costs, which have already been paid by the county, be paid instead by (Heard). I will say that these matters are highly discretionary with the judge. As strongly as I feel that the county is entitled to the fees, if we were to lose I would not recommend that you appeal. Rarely are decisions handed down by a judge in such a case overturned on appeal.

"I don't want to see our Elections staff drug through any more mud, and that would not happen (if Collier sought the fees). A decision would be made by the judge."

Superior Court Judge J. Richard Porter III of the South Georgia Judicial Circuit heard testimony in the case after judges in the Dougherty Judicial Circuit voluntarily recused themselves from hearing the case.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

Yee Haa!! I bet Heard is as broke as a busted stump.

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waltspecht 1 year, 8 months ago

It doesn't say who paid the fees? Simply that they were sought and paid by the Court. Does that mean the Taxpayer paid them?

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

In the words of the inimitable Alaskan tart: Ubetcha!

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stc1993 1 year, 8 months ago

The story said it was paid by the taxpayers didn't it?

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chinaberry25 1 year, 8 months ago

Heard may be broke, but they can garnish his wages from the pulpit. I wonder who played Heard for a fool and got him to run. It must be someone who does not like him because he never had a chance as a write in. There is so much fraud in the election process and here is a prime example of it. Never even paid his fees to run and expected first class service. Wonder if his lawyer got paid.

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whattheheck 1 year, 8 months ago

Anyone running a "non-profit" receiving funds for subsidized housing and also heading a mega church is not likely to be "broke". Heard did this effort as part of what appears to be an effort to retain "power" used to distribute tax monies. It is highly unlikely his lawyer asked for funds.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

I bet Heard won't be able to find two nickels to rub together on this one.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Go for it! No more lawyer money though. The motion is on counsel's dime. Nevertheless, fire Ginger Nickerson and the Elections Board. When the document was accepted and time stamped it should never have been returned. It was not an original and did not comply with the requirements in the first place. That office has botched elections before.

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whattheheck 1 year, 8 months ago

The elections office and the board don't have credibility with any in the community. The handling of the Storther case, and this one, reminds one of the DCSS and its problems which have been tolerated for too long.

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Bulldawg 1 year, 8 months ago

Heard could take up a "love offering" from his church. I am glad the city is going after Heard for the fees. The suit should have never been entertained by the court anyway.

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VSU 1 year, 8 months ago

Bogus lawsuit to be paid by real money.

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daisymae 1 year, 8 months ago

It is about time that some of these stupid lawsuits come back and bite the butt of the one who filed. Heard's suit should never even been allowed and if the courts put a stop to wasted lawsuits and make examples out these folks who file, you will see the "television" lawyers go out of business.

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badheavychevy 1 year, 8 months ago

If that elections board was not so "SORRY", Heard would not have had to file suit in the first place.......

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