Columbus chief deputy held in contempt

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - The chief deputy of the Muscogee County
Sheriff's Office has been held in contempt of court and received a
$50 fine.

Sheriff John Darr said Chief Deputy John Fitzpatrick was cited
by Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Doug Pullen after a
courtroom dispute.

Darr said Pullen became upset over the inconvenience caused by
the county's practice of sending inmates to the state system once
they're sentenced and bringing them back months later on various

An order must be sent to the department of corrections to get
the inmates back to Columbus. Darr said an inmate whose name was on
the docket Thursday wasn't in court because the request order
wasn't received.

He said the practice saves Columbus money on feeding, housing
and medical costs and no changes are planned.

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