May 5-- The District Attorney in the Middle Judicial Circuit denies any wrongdoing in his prosecution of the video game gambling case last year in Toombs and Emanuel counties.
Hayward Altman has responded to a suit filed by former Toombs County Commission Chairman James Thompson. Thompson claims state law requires funds generated by the raids in Toombs County be placed in the county's general fund.
Nearly three-quarters of a million dollars is in question with third-party attorneys and court receivers receiving about 40 percent of the take.
Among other defenses, the DA claims qualified immunity because he was acting within the scope of his authority.
The case is working in Toombs County Superior Court where Thompson has asked that both Judges Bobby Reeves and Kathy Palmer be recused from the case.