Friday, August 2, 2013

GA - Cobb County man sues district attorney and others for wrongful prosecution

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By Jeff Chirico

COBB COUNTY (CBS ATLANTA) - [name withheld], of Cobb County, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Cobb County District Attorney's Office and other agencies for wrongful prosecution, stemming from his arrest and 2011 conviction for violating requirements of Georgia's sex offender registry.

An exclusive CBS Atlanta investigation found [name withheld] was not supposed to be on the registry. After the investigation, then-Cobb County District Attorney Patrick Head later dropped the charges in 2012 after [name withheld] was granted a new trial.

[name withheld] said he was almost prohibited from filing the lawsuit because two Cobb County State Court judges had denied his application for a pauper's affidavit which would have waived the $300 filing fee. [name withheld] claimed he was indigent because he lives off his Social Security payments of $695 a month.

After CBS Atlanta investigative reporter Jeff Chirico called Judge Kathryn Tanksley to ask why the affidavit was denied, Tanksley changed her mind and granted [name withheld] a pauper's affidavit.

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