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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mayor Reed "supports" change to controversial Fulton County Courts division

Posted By on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 2:55 PM

As we reported yesterday, Fulton County Superior Court issued a statement saying it wouldn't suspend operations of its Non-complex Division, upon which blame has been heaped for the repeated release of felon-turned-murder suspect Gregory Favors. The statement was in response to a letter issued jointly by Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner and District Attorney Paul Howard. The letter outlined the division's perceived shortcomings and asked that its operations be suspended while a probe could be performed.

Even though the Non-complex Division's operations won't be suspended, Mayor Reed found a bright spot: now elected Superior Court judges will handle the division's cases rather than non-elected magistrate judges. In a release sent out yesterday, Reed called this transfer of duties a "critical step to help ensure — as much as possible — that a tragedy such as the murder of GSP Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy does not happen again.”

Apparently, Favors received bond three times and all of those cases were handled by non-elected magistrate judges. Favors is being charged in the late December shooting death of Georgia State Trooper Chadwick LeCroy.

Reed told the AJC, "You cannot have an unelected person with that kind of power. A magistrate should not have the power to release a violent offender."

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