PAC president voting rights removal stopped

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 09:24 AM.

Commissioners spent more than 20 minutes criticizing the actions of the members of Citizens Improving Gulf County and Williams repeatedly used the word “blackmail” to describe the allegations.

The case was finally closed last month.

In closing the case, Hess said while he found probable cause of extortion, he added that as prosecutor he would have to weigh whether reasonable people would see the case as one of just dirty politics.

The lone information in the investigative file dated after June 2012 was the information about Garth’s “apparent” voting situation, which Hess said had been discovered during the initial investigation yet was not mentioned when he closed the case Oct. 16.

Garth said he has twice contacted the State Attorney’s Office for information on the felony conviction to begin the clemency process – as Hess recommended in his letter last month closing the case, Garth could restore his voting rights within the ensuing 30 days – and received only a phone call that the office would be in touch.

This paper also sought clarification on the felony charges last month with no response. 

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