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Judge Dismisses Former Sheriff’s Lawsuit

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Photo by Jean Ross WAOK-AM

Photo by Jean Ross WAOK-AM

ATLANTA – (WAOK/AJC) – A lawsuit filed by former Fulton county sheriff, Richard Lankford has been dsimissed on a technicality. Lankford who once served as sheriff of Fulton county in the 90’s, wanted a run-off in November after losing the July primary to current sheriff Ted Jackson, by less than 50 votes. He claims Fulton county elections officials botched the election process, claiming they were responsible for lost votes, and malfunctioning voting machines. But attorney Lee Parks, who represents Fulton county, argued on Wednesday that Lankford’s attorneys failed to file the proper paperwork with the elections division. Lankford’s attorneys wanted to delay Wednesday’s hearing, so they could do so, but Parks argued the delay would make it tough to get ballots ready by November 6th, and a special election would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The judge agreed and dismissed the case. Lankford said he was extremely disappointed, and said he had a number of supporters behind him. He hasn’t yet decided whether he will appeal the decision.

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