With the acquittal of Sheriff Victor Hill, some in Clayton County are questioning the purpose of investigations by the special grand jury that led to charges against the lawman and other officials.
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The special-purpose grand jury began its work in April 2011. Since then indictments have been returned against:
• John Lampl – former Morrow City Council member and former Morrow city manager, accused of a false statement and conspiracy with regard to the failed Olde Towne Morrow development. Charges pending.
• Sheriff Victor Hill. Six of 37 felony counts were dismissed. Prosecutors dropped six. Jury acquitted him on 25.
• Linton Herbert Etheridge, a former Clayton Water Authority manager. He pleaded guilty to lying to a grand jury. Sentenced to five years probation.
• Jonathan Newton, a former Hill spokesman for Hill. He is charged with 12 felonies. His case is pending.
• Beatrice Powell, a former Clayton County Jail officer. She is charged with perjury and theft by taking. Her case is pending.
The special grand jury investigated:
• Former Lovejoy Mayor Joe Murphy and five others for allegedly casting illegal votes in the 2007 city elections. He resigned and promised to never run for public office again. No charges brought.
• The former finance director, former county manager, a former commissioner and two sitting commissioners for their spending.
• Suspended Clayton County police chief and his brother for amount they were paid for work on a court program.
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