James Grogan’s fight with the City of Dawsonville goes to the Georgia Supreme Court Wednesday

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ATLANTA, Ga. — Oral arguments in the case of Grogan v. City of Dawsonville will begin Wednesday afternoon in the Georgia Supreme Court, 40 Capitol Square in Atlanta.

The Dawsonville City Council voted to remove former Mayor James Grogan from office in May 2017, following a city council-initiated investigation into alleged misuse of city funds.

Grogan lost an appeal in Dawson County Superior Court five months later. He then attempted to win election to his former office but was defeated by current Mayor Mike Eason.

Grogan’s attorney Steven Leibel has asked the Supreme Court to reverse the lower court’s decision.

In a brief to the Supreme Court, Leibel wrote, “Grogan has not only been denied his right of appeal, he also has been penalized tens of thousands of dollars for having exercised that right.”

The City of Dawsonville has spent more than $70,000 in attorney’s fees fighting the appeals.

Oral arguments in Superior Court will begin at approximately 2 p.m. Each side is given 20 minutes to present their argument with the appellant going first.

Georgia Supreme Court welcomes the public to attend oral arguments.

 

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Tisdale Guilty of Misdemeanor Obstruction, Not Guilty of Felony Obstruction, Trespassing

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Nydia Tisdale (left) confers with attorney Catherine Bernard.

DAWSONVILLE Ga. – A Dawsonville jury found Nydia Tisdale guilty of misdemeanor obstruction of an officer, but acquitted her of felony obstruction and trespassing Monday evening.

The charges stemmed from a political rally attended by many of Georgia’s top state Republican leaders, including Governor Nathan Deal and now Senator David Perdue. The state charged that Tisdale was told on three separate occasions to stop filming the event or leave, and when former Dawson County Sheriff’s Captain Tony Wooten attempted to remove her, she elbowed him in the face and kicked him.

However, defense attorneys Bruce Harvey and Catherine Bernard argued that Tisdale had permission of the owners to the film the event, and those who ordered her to leave, including event organizer Clint Bearden, did not have the authority to do so.

The jury returned the verdict around 6 p.m. Monday. Sentencing has been set for Dec. 18 in Dawson County Superior Court.

 

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Lost exhibits a stumbling block for Tisdale defense

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Defense attorney Bruce Harvey

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – After a 12-hour day in Dawson County Superior Court Thursday, the Nydia Tisdale trial came to a shocking and unexpected end when defense attorney Bruce Harvey reported that a stack of exhibits he planned to present were missing from the courtroom.

Senior Superior Court Judge Martha Christian was ready to call the jury back into the courtroom following a late-evening 30-minute break when Harvey approached the bench to inform her that a stack of exhibits he left on the court reporter’s desk were missing.

“Can you say with absolute certainty you left those exhibits with the court reporter on the court reporter’s desk?” she asked. Harvey said he could say that. Christian then directed him and Assistant District Attorney Conley Greer to call their clients and ask if one of them had inadvertently walked away with the exhibits.

Judge Martha Christian

She then called the jury back and dismissed them for the evening shortly after 9 p.m. with instructions to plan on continuing the case next week.

Tisdale was charged with one count of felony obstruction of an officer and two misdemeanor counts of obstruction and criminal trespass at a Republican political rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in August 2014.

It was not a good day for the defense. Earlier in the day, the judge quashed a subpoena for Governor Nathan Deal, calling it “unreasonable and obtrusive.” When the state rested its case, Harvey moved for a directed verdict and that was denied.

 

 

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Three-year wait ends as Tisdale trial begins Monday

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Jury selection begins Monday in Dawson County Superior Court in the long-awaited trial of Nydia Tisdale, the self-proclaimed citizen journalist charged Aug. 2014 with trespassing and felony obstruction of an officer.

Tisdale was arrested by Dawson County Sheriff’s Captain Tony Wooten while filming a political candidate rally at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm in Dawson County. She could face five years in prison if convicted.

Fetch Your News owner Brian K. Pritchard attended the rally. It was his audio recording and subsequent reporting of the incident that attracted state and national attention. Pritchard has been subpoenaed by the state and is expected to testify next week.

Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale faces five years in prison if convicted of obstruction of an officer.

Tisdale claims she had the property owner’s permission to film the event. But owners, Johnny and Kathy Burt, told Dawsonnews.com Tisdale misled them. They say they asked Wooten to tell her to stop filming or leave their property. Wooten says when she refused to stop filming, he arrested her.

According to the arrest warrant, Tisdale elbowed Wooten in the face and kicked him in the shin.

The arrest sparked outrage by the mainstream media and political activists who claim Tisdale’s First Amendment rights had been violated. Property rights advocates, on the other hand, say property owners have every right to evict someone from their property.

 

 

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