Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill
JONESBORO, Ga. -- Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill was in court Friday morning for a pre-trial hearing, days ahead of the start of his corruption trial.
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In the hearing, prosecutors asked Clayton County Superior Court Judge Albert Collier to allow evidence from five dismissed counts for the trial. The prosecution says the evidence helps to establish a pattern of abuse of campaign money by Hill. Collier said he would rule on the motion Monday, just before the trial gets underway.
In a second motion, the prosecution asked that Hill be barred from wearing his uniform during the course of the trial. Collier granted that motion, blocking Hill from wearing his uniform in the courtroom. However, he said that Hill would be able to wear his badge, noting that, "He is the sheriff."
Hill faces 28 felony counts including racketeering and theft by taking. He is accused of using his office for personal gain during a previous term as Clayton County Sheriff, from 2005 to 2008.
Clayton County voters re-elected Hill to the office last year, despite the criminal case against him.