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Butts County Voter

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Dec 22, 2007
 

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I just read on the Jackson forum that the long time sheriff of Butts county has to go to court on Janurary 14 2008 for being sued by Bily Howard of lake jackson. Howard ran against Pope in the last 2 elections for sheriff and came close to winning both times.
The civil suit is because in the last election, sheriff Pope ran a newspaper ad in the Jackson paper accusing Billy Howard of putting prono in mailboxes. Pope also appeared on the local radio station in Jackson and said Billy Howard was currently under investigation by his department for "Theft" and the case had been turned over to the GBI to see the extent of Howards criminal violations.
It appears that Sheriff Gene Pope admitted in a court deposistion that his newspaper ad and radio ad was false. So Billy Howard filed the slander suit prior to the election results where Howard lost by about 1000 votes. I and alot of citizens hers in Butts County thought Howard was going to win the election until Gene Pope made up these false statements .
This case is going to be real interesting. The civil action has already changed Georgia law in where "public persons" can sue other persons.
May God Bless Billy Howard of Lake Jackson Georgia for having the guts in fighting such a powerfull man that has been in office for 20 years. Howard exposed many things inside the sheriffs department including a few deputies that work for Sheriff Pope that have been arrested and convicted of crimes from "bar fights to thefts and obstruction of officers in surrounding counties. I myeslf would not have the guts in going up against the sheriff and his deputies, They will whip you real bad here and get away with it. Judge E Byron Smith is going to hear the trial and a jury is going to also hear it.
BG of Griffin

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Dec 22, 2007
 

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I don't know Billy Howard but used to live in Jackson. Gene Pope and his corrupt deputies is why I moved. Good Luck to this Billy Howard but I bet he gets killed.
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Its no way he's going to win a trial against Gene Pope. The trial should had been moved to another county. Its nothing but a good ol boy county there and that boy don't stand a chance in hell against the sheriff. My parents live in Jackson, knew Gene Pope and watched him grow up. I've talked with my dad several times about Pope. He knows he's corrupt but still votes for him anyway. I don't even go to Jackson any more. I've had some of my friends beat by the deputies there and nothing was ever done about it.
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Jan 4, 2008
 
If you dont like Gene that is one thing but Billy has gone to far . I know about this incident personally and it did happen . The people doing most of the whinning are the ones who have been caught doing something wrong.
micheal newberry

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i can refer to that even know i live in butts county ga
Cheryl

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I was arrested by Butts county a few weeks ago and after I was had my head slammed in the door then I was dropped on the ground while in handcuffs as a female to be treated this way for the crime of OBSTRUCTION which in this county is a trump charge. I complained to Sheriff POPE to look in to how I was treated his reply was he viewed the tape and found the charge to be legit. I again sent an email asking him to look in to the abuse and that i had no problem with the charge again he felt that an officer should be allowed to slam a womans head in to a car door while in hand cuffs and then push her down on to the pavement. FEMALES BEWARE THEY HAVE HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THEIR HIGH COMMANDER TO ABUSE ANYONE. If times were not so hard in this economy, I would have hired an attorney and went forward with charges against this county it has taken me three weeks to get over this attack and three doctor appointments.
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Cheryl wrote:
I was arrested by Butts county a few weeks ago and after I was had my head slammed in the door then I was dropped on the ground while in handcuffs as a female to be treated this way for the crime of OBSTRUCTION which in this county is a trump charge. I complained to Sheriff POPE to look in to how I was treated his reply was he viewed the tape and found the charge to be legit. I again sent an email asking him to look in to the abuse and that i had no problem with the charge again he felt that an officer should be allowed to slam a womans head in to a car door while in hand cuffs and then push her down on to the pavement. FEMALES BEWARE THEY HAVE HAVE THE APPROVAL OF THEIR HIGH COMMANDER TO ABUSE ANYONE. If times were not so hard in this economy, I would have hired an attorney and went forward with charges against this county it has taken me three weeks to get over this attack and three doctor appointments.
Cheryl, If I were you I would not stand for this kind of abuse. There are plenty of lawyers out there that would do this case for you for a percentage of the damages you won if they think they can win the case. The only thing standing in the way of the Sheriff, his Deputy and a Criminal is their badge! You would be appauled at how many Georgia Sheriffs have been arrested and went to jail for crimes. Henry County lost their Sheriff (Jimmy Glass), Police Chief (Childes?) and Probate Judge (Larry Tew) along with a lot of other prominent Henry County Citizens and a lot more that just weren't identified around 1980 for trafficing drugs! The reason everyone votes for the Butts County Sheriff is probably because he can sweep things under the rug and make cases disappear if you pad his pockets. They should never let people hold public office for more than 4 years and be re-elected to keep the corruption to a minimum.
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Jan 14, 2009
 

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Sadly,
I live near Butts County and the stories as revealed, I believe. Thier system is corrupt.
Bronc

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Gene Pope isn't nearly as corrupt as Sherif Dee Stewart of Spalding County

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I agree with you on Dee Stewart.
Bronc

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Jan 20, 2009
 
Dee Stewart actually got caught with stolen property on his land, practically coeherced the mother to sign over custody to the crack baby he adopted. His Chief Deputy is grossly underqualified for the position that she is in, I remember when she was just a secretary. What abou tthe GBI investigation and audits involving the Narcotics task force and the agent he had who was caught having improper relations with a confidential informant and had several police reports filed on him and is still employed with the Spalding County Sheriff's Dept. Not to mention the abysmal morale and turnover rate from Stewarts inept leadership. In this writer's opinion Sheriff Stewart is the epitome if the knuckle-dragging school-yard bully who rules by intimidation with an iron fist.
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Jan 28, 2009
 
Bronc wrote:
Dee Stewart actually got caught with stolen property on his land, practically coeherced the mother to sign over custody to the crack baby he adopted. His Chief Deputy is grossly underqualified for the position that she is in, I remember when she was just a secretary. What abou tthe GBI investigation and audits involving the Narcotics task force and the agent he had who was caught having improper relations with a confidential informant and had several police reports filed on him and is still employed with the Spalding County Sheriff's Dept. Not to mention the abysmal morale and turnover rate from Stewarts inept leadership. In this writer's opinion Sheriff Stewart is the epitome if the knuckle-dragging school-yard bully who rules by intimidation with an iron fist.
Why dont you tell why you dont work there anymore
BRONC
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Feb 15, 2009
 
I believe you Bronc. Also, if I remember correctly, wasnt there an article in the Griffin Daily News about a female inmate that was taken to the hospital -- a nurse walked into her room and saw Dee stewart doing something to her IV???

Yes, it was a peice of stolen heavy equipment (backhoe, bobcat,??) that Stewart had taken from the jail to his home for his own personal use.
Wasnt there also a trailer from a semi found full of drugs that just disappeared from the county impound lot at the jail??

As for the bullying -- Duncan would have been just as bad as a sheriff -- I remember when I was a young teenager, I used to see (watch) Keith Duncan intimidate some others into fighting -- he would always tell them that if they didnt jump on some kid that he was going to beat their a***s, so the boys would because they were afraid of Duncan.

And I understand it to be that Dee Stewart not so much coeherced, but more or less actually forced the girl to give up her baby so that he could adopt it.
Atlanta Gal

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Feb 26, 2009
 
Dee Stewart was corrupt when he was a rookie city cop. I don't know he ever got elected to Sheriff.
Bronc

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Feb 27, 2009
 
Because Weldon I have moved on to bigger and better things. Why don't I work there anymore? Hell would you want to work there?
Bronc

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Feb 27, 2009
 
Also for the record Weldon, not everyone there is a crook, a lot of the Spalding County Deputies are some of the finest most upstanding people I ever had the pleasure to know. To clear the air Weldon there is nothing I ever did in uniform that I am ashamed of. Unfortunately in the court of public opinion we are often judged by the company we keep. BTW I recently received a commendation for outstanding service in the armed forces which is what I do now and I am preparing to go down range and back into harms way to serve something bigger than myself. I hope to safely return and carry the title I have dreamed of holding my entire life: A Veteran.
Ga Boy

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Feb 28, 2009
 
Good for you Bronc, Good luck hope you return safely and thank you for your service. I had actually heard about Dee Stewart threatening an assistant Atny General who inquired about him adopting Hope and he remarked about what a shame it would be if her (the assistant Atny Gen) brother happened to get arrested for a felony drug charge. It is amazing to me that an outside agency or that the POST council hasn't investigated Dee Stewart and a number of his employees. Like the one who was demoted from the Narc unit for officially not following procedures or whatever not to mention the "improper conduct" with an informant. Which he lied about and failed a polygraph during the internal investigation but since he was a family friend of Dee Stewart he was demoted to the jail and his slowly climbing his way back up the level to his former position. Dee seems to get rid of good people who make mistakes but will go to all lengths to cover for his inner-circle. So Bronc for whatever reason you don't work for Dee Stewart anymore I am sure you are doing a lot better for yourself, I don't know anyone who left Spalding County and didn't end up doing a lot better for themselves. Thank you for your service to our country and I hope that you can do your duty and come home safely.
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BG of Griffin wrote:
I don't know Billy Howard but used to live in Jackson. Gene Pope and his corrupt deputies is why I moved. Good Luck to this Billy Howard but I bet he gets killed.
I do live in butts co. and only time pope decides to be an officer is only during election time.if you ever need help in jackson try the city police reily is much better.
Hello- BUTTS CTY

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I also live in Butts Cty., Have been here for 4 years, I have seen the corrupt officers and sherriff, since I have lived here, BUT, just to show my support, NOT ALL of the sherriffs are corrupt. I know SEVERAL of the good ones that are employed with the sherriffs office and would stand behind/beside them anyday of the week. Like someone said earlier about the Spalding Cty Sherriffs office, its not the whole office that is corrupt, its only certain ones, but those certain ones is what causes the whole office to look bad and to be judged like they are. So when you say the Department is corrupt, its not the whole department its only the corrupts ones that are employed by the department.
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I moved to butts county 2 years ago and fell in love with the area. I am one of those people that came from the clayton area. I just came across this web sight and I thought Victor Hill was bad! The Butts county sheriffs office has been to my residence twice in the two years. Once when my alarm went off and a second time when they were called for a suspicious male in my front yard. Both times the deputies seem to be aggitated that they had to come all the way out to the western edge of the county.
On the second call it took 2 HOURS for a deputy to arrive.
He said he could not find it. The tax accessor had no trouble finding it right after I built my barn though.
I do not know Gene Pope, I beleive I voted for him though in the last election. With what I have read and what I have seen of his departments code of professionalism and conduct. I do not beleive he will be getting my vote again.

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