Police Chief Case Appeal

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Court of Appeals has reversed the
conviction of former Unadilla Police Chief Leonard Smith, who was
sentenced to five years in prison in 2007 for charging two
different police forces for the same hours.
Smith's attorney, Steve Hollomon, said Smith was not afforded an
opportunity to know when the case accusing him of "false
swearing" would be presented to the grand jury. Police officers
accused of a crime have the right to make a statement to grand
jurors when their case is presented.
The appeals court remanded the case to the Superior Court in
Dooly County on Monday.
Smith was convicted of claiming simultaneous work hours at the
Unadilla and Fort Valley police departments.


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