Identify prosecutorial misconduct/voter suppression in Quitman 10 +2 case
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Many voters in Brooks County are older African-Americans who are senior citizens in their 60's, 70's and 80's that witnessed first-hand the politics of Jim Crow in the last century, but had to deal with GBI agents coming to their doorsteps of their small rural town with guns strapped to their side asking questions.
Some were voting for the first time or the first time in years in 2010, but there has been an ongoing effort by Republicans to present more obstacles and/or threats to eligible voters so they would be discouraged not to vote.
Jim Crow politics is a part of the Peach State's history and unfortunately the lack of media coverage of what's happening in many of Georgia's rural counties has left the door open for the continued practice of voter suppression and voter intimidation and allegedly validated through the Board of Elections along with local law enforcement officials (Brooks County, Ga.) such as the District Attorney J. David Miller and now Bainbridge's Joe Mulholland.
The main narrative from local South Georgia media is that there were an increased number of absentee ballots and that alone should warrant an investigation.
Three of the accused who are African American are part of the Brooks County Board of Education.
Brad Shealy, who had been the long-time chairman of the Brooks Board of Education faced the prospect of being voted out as chairman and witnessing a majority-black Brooks County Board of Education for the first time ever.Shealy lost his position when new leadership was elected in January 2011. Shealy's day job is the assistant district attorney under J. David Miller who originally started the investigation back in the late summer of 2010. This connection between Shealy and Miller deserves more scrutiny from the public and possibly federal authorities.
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