Judge Puts Off Ruling on Tillman's Candidacy | News
A Clayton County judge on Friday delayed a decision until at least Monday on whether Al Tillman is a legal candidate for county commission.
Judge Stephen Boswell decided to hold the record open until Monday in the residency case of the District 9 candidate.
Macon council member Henry Gibson filed an appeal to Bibb County Superior Court regarding the board of elections decision to allow Tillman to run for the commissioner seat. Boswell says that both Tillman and Gibson as well as Macon deserve a decision quickly.
Tillman rented an apartment in District 9 across the street from his home in District 8. The board of election decided last month to let Tillman run in District 9.
Before the hearing went underway, Charles Cox, Gibson's lawyer, objected to Tillman's lawyer, Randall Harrison participating in the hearing.
Cox told the court that Harrison was not the proper party to be part of the proceeding. Judge Boswell allowed Harrison to be part of the proceeding.
Cox said that Tillman moved across the street to an apartment located in District 9 and placed a few items there to show residency. He told the court that the evidence falls short of showing he established residency.
The Board of Elections attorney, William Noland, argued that all of the evidence shows that Tillman moved to District 9 with the intention staying there. Noland says Tillman signed a lease to the apartment for a year. He argued that the board of elections did not take sides and followed the law to a "T."
And then, Tillman's attorney made his statement to the court. Harrison said that the board went out of the way to follow the law in this case. Harrison also argued that Tillman does indeed live in that apartment in District 9, saying that Tillman's voter registration and car registration has that address listed. Harrison also says he receives mail and pays his bills there.
After all three attorneys made their statements in court, the judge then decided to hold the record open until Monday. That means lawyers in the case have until Monday to file further statements in the case until he rules.