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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Grand jury indicts Victor Hill, world's greatest sheriff, on 37 counts

Victor Hill and Janet Jackson because, hey, why not?
  • Victor Hill and Janet Jackson because, hey, why not?
Victor Hill, the former Clayton County sheriff who earned headlines after he fired deputies on his first day in office and allegedly bought awkward artwork with jail vending machine funds, was indicted by a county grand jury today on 37 counts, including racketeering, after a yearlong investigation. Hill's attorney told 11 Alive earlier today that the indictment "includes allegations of unauthorized credit card use, misuse of campaign funds, and using county employees to work on his re-election campaign during county work hours."

We're working on getting our hands on the indictment. In the meantime, we pass the mic to Rhonda Cook:

While grand jury proceedings are usually secret, Hill was allowed to sit in the proceedings and to talk to the panel because he was an elected law enforcement official.

Layla Zon, district attorney in the Alcovy Circuit, which includes Walton and Newton counties, was brought in as a special prosecutor to avoid any appearances of conflicts or political vendettas.

Hill has repeatedly said politics is behind the criminal case and that it only started after he announced he would be running for sheriff this year.

[Current Clayton County Sheriff Kem] Kimbrough took issue with the allegation.

“It’s not political,” Kimbrough said. “It’s all about accountability and the integrity of the office we hold.”

Yes, you read that right. Hill announced last year that he'd try to unseat Kimbrough and regain the sheriff's badge. His lawyer tells WSB's Mark Winne that his client will fight the charges. We'll be watching!

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