DA resists deputies, charged with felonies

April 29, 2006 at 4:39 PM
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ATLANTA, April 29 (UPI) -- A Georgia prosecutor faces charges of disobeying a judge's order not to talk to jurors and resisting deputies ordered to remove him from the courtroom.

Fulton Deputy Levoular McCray said Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard dislocated her shoulder March 31 in a scuffle, after a judge ordered deputies to handcuff and remove him from a courtroom.

Arrest warrants issued Thursday by Douglas County Superior Court Judge David Emerson charged Howard with three felonies -- including aggravated battery and obstruction of a law enforcement officer -- and three misdemeanors. The judge stayed the warrants Friday morning after hearing from Howard's lawyers, and Howard was not arrested.

It is rare for a district attorney to be accused of a crime, and there has been widespread confusion over the procedural steps that need to be taken, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"For 35 years I've been in every type of case like this, and I've never seen one where they arrested the DA," said former Gov. Roy Barnes, another attorney representing the Fulton prosecutor.

"As they say in 'Alice in Wonderland': 'It gets curiouser and curiouser,'" Barnes said.

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