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Attorney Michael Hill listens to Judge Tommy Wilson while questioning county clerk Carlette Davidson. (Photo: Walter Geiger)

Judge orders commission, Gilles and Lovett to turn over all records

After a hearing Thursday in Lamar superior court, Judge Tommy Wilson ordered the county commission and commissioners Ashley Gilles and Jason Lovett to turn over all records requested in two separate open records suits filed by attorneys Michael B. Hill and John J. Richard.

Though Richard represents the Lamar County Regional Solid Waste Authority, both he and Hill said they filed the suits on their own behalves and had not been hired by anyone to do so.

The order includes what attorney Rob Morton, who represents Gilles and Lovett, described as ‘four bankers boxes’ full of records which had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Macon. Judge Wilson conferred with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Macon which did not preclude the release of those records so he followed Georgia’s open records law.

Judge Wilson said the actions amounted to the county suing the county at taxpayer expense and said the ongoing legal battle was bad for the county.

Richard opined that the taxpayers in no way support the LCRSWA. Judge Wilson openly laughed at that remark

A written order is expected sometime Friday.

For much more on this story, see the Feb. 13 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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