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GUILTY: Bickers convicted on 9 charges in corruption case

CORRECTION: Sentencing July 12 Mitzi Bickers, who has had a hand in numerous election campaigns in Clayton County and beyond, has been found guilty on nine of 12 federal corruption charges related to the Atlanta City Hall contracting scandal. Bickers was convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery (count 1), money laundering (counts 4-6), wire fraud […]

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Jury could get Bickers case today

Courtroom Artist: Lucy Luckovich by Robin Kemp A jury could begin deliberations in Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Chief of Staff and Chief Chaplain Mitzi Bickers’ federal corruption trial. On Monday, after the government had presented its case, defense attorney declined to call any witnesses for Bickers. U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones asked Bickers whether […]

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Bickers trial: Cash flowed through Lake Spivey home

Mitzi Bickers (left) at her federal corruption trial before U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones on March 14, 2022 in Atlanta. Courtroom Artist: Lucy Luckovich. by Robin Kemp Two witnesses in the federal corruption trial of Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Chaplain and Chief of Staff Mitzi Bickers have testified that Bickers supported them, paying […]

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Bickers trial enters 2nd day

by Robin Kemp The federal corruption trial of Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Chaplain and Chief of Staff Mitzi Bickers is underway. A jury was seated and sworn in Wednesday. However, the hearing had not concluded and the jury was not sequestered. Proceedings resumed this morning at 9 a.m. Bickers faces two counts of conspiracy […]

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Bickers case: Judge to rule on Fifth Amendment question

UPDATE 4:32 pm: Judge rules Bickers’ request moot by Robin Kemp A federal judge has ruled moot a request by Clayton County Chief of Staff and Chief Chaplain Mitzi Bickers to block prosecution witnesses from taking the Fifth Amendment on the stand. Judge John T. Story ruled late Monday, “The Court finds that Defendant’s Motion […]

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Judge denies Bickers’ request to suppress call evidence

by Robin Kemp A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion by Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Chief Chaplain Mitzi Bickers’ legal team to suppress evidence of what federal prosecutors say was potential witness tampering. Bickers’ trial is set to start Wednesday, March 9. She has been at the center of a years-long bribery and witness […]

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Judge exonerated Davis in 2016

Clayton County Commissioner DeMont Davis, who in 2008 was sued over two bounced checks to Landmark Advertising, was fully exonerated of the charges in 2016 by a Gwinnett County judge. The Clayton Crescent reported last week on anonymous campaign robocalls and e-mails sent to numerous county officials and news organizations that mentioned Davis’ guilty plea, […]

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BOC 4 race gets ugly

UPDATE 6:32 pm. 4/27: Minor edits throughout UPDATE 5:44 p.m. 4/27: ADDS Scott comment that she did not file ORR with county UPDATE 10:14 a.m. 4/27: ADDS Gilmore comment that she is not a convicted felon, as anonymous robocall claimed; additional comments from Gilmore about sheriff’s department Revelations that Clayton County Commissioner DeMont Davis’ 2008 […]

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