CLAYTON COUNTY – (WAOK/AJC) – Lawyers for Clayton county sheriff elect, Victor Hill have filed an appeal, in hopes of getting his criminal case settled before or soon after he takes office. Hill who won the race on Tuesday, easily defeating a write-in candidate had been scheduled to go on trial later this month, for racketeering, but it was delayed indefinitely, when prosecutors appealed the dismissal of 5 of the 37 counts against him. Now Hill’s attorneys are challenging that appeal, hoping that the case can be settled sooner rather than later. Though he will have the title of sheriff, Hill’s state certification as a law enforcement officer is suspended because of the felony charges so he will be unable to make arrests or serve warrants. Also, as soon as he takes office, the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association plans to push to have him removed from office while the criminal charges are pending. The delay is not on us. We’re ready to go to trial,” Drew Findling, one of Hill’s lawyers, said, accusing prosecutors of deliberately delaying a trial. District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson said the special prosecutor handling the case was not trying to delay. “The state looks forward to a trial before the citizens of Clayton County,” Lawson said.
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