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District attorney for Athens and Oconee County rebukes judge who ruled against her

A Georgia senior judge this week denied a motion by Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez to dismiss a civil action brought against her by Athens business owner Jarrod Miller that seeks a judicial order, called a writ of mandamus, compelling Gonzalez to enforce the laws of the state. Gonzalez, who is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties , has a stated policy of not prosecuting certain nonviolent offenses, which is in keeping with her philosophy of restorative justice. In response, Gonzalez issued the following statement:


I am deeply disappointed in Judge Emerson’s order denying the dismissal of the writ of mandamus. It is apparent that the arguments of the dismissal request were not properly considered, nor was the existing law properly applied. The decision effectively endorses the misuse of the writ of mandamus to deprive me and my office of our prosecutorial discretion and our obligations to make decisions in the public’s best interest instead of one discontented citizen’s personal beliefs.

Senior Judge David Emerson

How or which alleged crimes to indict or try, how to prioritize felonies over misdemeanors, how to offer or determine pleas, and/or how to advise or use a grand jury are all choices that fall squarely within the broad prosecutorial discretion afforded to all District Attorneys in this State and here in Athens-Clarke County.

If Mr. Miller is successful, permitting this action to proceed effectively means a superior court judge, whom the citizens of this District did not elect, will be “looking over my shoulder” going forward every day to decide if I am doing my job in a manner that the judge agrees with. The consequence is the disenfranchisement of you, the voter’s choice, and the policies you, the voters, endorsed through the electoral process. It does not bode well for any elected official and, if permitted to continue, shows how easily the mandamus writ could be weaponized for political gain.

In light of my disagreement with the judge’s order, my legal team has asked to be granted a certificate of immediate review so that I may request that the Georgia Court of Appeals be given an opportunity to

rule on these issues now. The judge has until May 19th, 2023, to rule on whether he will permit me to appeal the decision at this time.

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Poker Pete
Poker Pete
May 16, 2023

"... to deprive me and my office of our prosecutorial discretion and our obligations to make decisions in the public’s best interest instead ..."


https://www.classiccitynews.com/post/watkinsville-man-charged-with-aggravated-child-molestation-gets-probation-in-plea-bargain


If releasing a child rapist back into society so he can predate upon more innocent victims is your idea of the public's best interest, then EFF you and the horse you rode in on!


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Deborah Gonzalez = Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental health condition in which people have an unreasonably high sense of their own importance. They need and seek too much attention and want people to admire them. People with this disorder may lack the ability to understand or care about the feelings of others. GET HELP NOW LADY!

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shirebourne
shirebourne
May 11, 2023

This is very appropriate for the ‘prosecutor’. She has the message and she should know that Senior Judge David Emerson is a fair and ethical Judge who will not hesitate to adhere to the rule. I do not think he will look kindly on her words, and if I was her I would start packing my bags now.

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Unknown member
May 11, 2023
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STFU GTFOH scammer

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The gall of this despicable and incompetent bag is amazing. She’s an embarrassment to the community.

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Photo from previous, identical, story with Kamala "looking over her shoulder."

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Ha ha ha ha ha... Queen Word Salad! "We know that community banks are in the community"

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