Monday, March 19, 2012

Attorney Sanders to The RCSO Rescue

Augusta lawyer E. Frederick "Freddie" Sanders, a former sheriff’s deputy who also served as Richmond County police chief from 1983 to 1985, before consolidation will run as a Republican for Sheriff, becoming the fifth candidate running to lead the Augusta Richmond County Sheriff Office.

The fact that a Republican candidate surge in a predominately Democratic county to run for office is surprising and probably is the result of a divided Democratic party among black factions. Now, where is Sanders choice to announce his candidacy is going to be a very important symbolism.

Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles announced his candidacy on the steps of the Augusta-Richmond County Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse, Lt. Robbie Silas in front of the Georgia Democratic Party satellite headquarter, Lt. John Ivey in front of the Municipal building, and Richmond County School Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree made his announcement at a church.

Attorney Sanders, known as a "very rich" person,  has a few days to think where to announce his bid for Sheriff since candidate qualifying does not begin until May 23. He has the option of the jail, the new parking deck and the soon to finish TEE Center or the infamous Golf Hall of Fame. Or maybe in front of the conservative daily The Augusta Chronicle.

He made it official on April 2, behind the Municipal Building, and standing right beside him at his announcement was former Augusta Mayor Larry Sconyers.

Sylvia Cooper of The Augusta Chronicle wasted no time trying to marginalize Sanders as a candidate in her Sunday City Ink Column weeks ago saying that "Sanders has a slim shot at Sheriff." She predicted that Sanders would not enter the race and said when Sanders gets involved with something it is soon abolished, citing his association with the now defunct Richmond County Coliseum Authority and The Richmond County Police Department. Some suggested that Cooper comments open the possibility of another Republican candidate.

Sanders, who completed college and law school while working for the sheriff’s office, said his platform is simple: law and order, according to a report by Susan McCord in The Augusta Chronicle. 

“I’m going to arrest and prosecute these burglars and thieves,” Sanders said.
Sanders is the first candidate to announce he’ll run as a Republican in heavily Democratic Richmond County.

Sanders, who expects others to join him on the Republican ticket for sheriff, said he’ll campaign on arresting criminals and holding them accountable.


E. Frederick "Freddie" Sanders
ISLN: 904057926
Practice Areas
Appellate Practice; Civil Appeals; Federal Civil Practice; Civil Practice; Construction Law; Contracts; Eminent Domain; Condemnation; Education Law; Family Law; Divorce; General Practice; Federal Practice; Guardianship and Conservatorship; Complex Litigation; Litigation; Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Probate; Products Liability; Professional Liability; Torts; Trusts and Estates; Wills.

Admitted: 1981, Georgia; 1981, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Georgia; 1987, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1993, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia; 1998, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia.
Law School: Augusta Law School, J.D.
Member: Augusta Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia; American Bar Association; Georgia Trial Lawyers; American Association for Justice.
Biography: Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia, 1987. Chief of Police, Richmond County, Georgia, 1983-1985.
Born: Augusta, Georgia, November 16, 1948

It will be interesting to know if Sanders will go after those people and businesses that profit from taxpayers money, such as the Trade, Exhibition and Events (TEE Center) that has so many in the county questioning about, and if he could solve the case of the $25,000 stolen from the Tax Office, some years ago. 

Commissioner Mason Case
Freddie Sanders will make the case in defense of Augusta Commissioner Alvin Mason.

“I do not believe in any stretch of the imagination I believe at the trial he will be found not guilty, said Sanders, the “legal team” for Mason, in an interview regarding Mason who was booked on a charge of simple battery.  

Mason was charged after his wife made call to 911 from the couple’s home on the night of December 23rd.

Sanders says Mason was not being violent toward his wife, but intervening in a confrontation between her and Mason's daughter.

“There was absolutely no violence, no striking, no choking...anything of that matter. He just intervened between his wife and family member and got them separated,” said Sanders.

“You should be concerned because of him being a public official, but there was no striking, she didn't even say he struck her. She said, 'he put his hands on me'. He did, but it was totally to separate it,” says Sanders.

Sanders supports State Court Solicitor Chuck Evans' decision to request the Attorney General appoint a special prosecutor in the case. Source News Channel 6.

Mason appeared in court on March 29th and had pleaded not guilty. 

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