Felony keeps Peach County Coroner Candidate off Ballot
FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia Superior Court judge says a 40-year-old felony record is enough to keep a candidate for Peach County coroner off the November ballot, even though the candidate was long ago pardoned for the crime.
Judge Edward Lukemire ruled that candidate Otis Daniel's pardon for a burglary committed in 1972 still doesn't allow him to serve as coroner or in other offices - such as sheriff and Superior Court clerk - that by state law are off limits to anyone with a felony record.
Daniel, who is a former Fort Valley fire chief, pleaded guilty to burglary when he was 17. He received a pardon in 1988. Still, the Peach County Board of Elections disqualified him earlier this week because of the criminal record.
Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com