The State Attorney General’s office failed to prove any sort of conspiracy to commit the violations or any signs of voter intimidation.
Judge Howells’ Aug. 6, 2007 decision recommended that Mullins be required to pay $2,500 per violation plus investigative costs for a total of $7,500.
The 2007 administrative law decision also ordered Mullins’ campaign worker Larry Simmons to pay a $2,500 fine for each of his eight violations including possessing and aiding in the filling out and mailing absentee ballots of several voters.
The letter also states “Mullins filed a Petition for Judicial Review on Nov. 27, 2007, petitioning the court to reverse the decision and Final Order of State Election Board wherein it adopted the Initial Decision of Administrative Law Judge Howells.”
William A. Prior Jr., chief judge of the Superior court of Baldwin County, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, issued an order on June 16, 2008, affirming the decision of the State Election Board and supporting all findings, according to Beer.
“In summary, a court of law found that Mr. Mullins fraudulently violated the election laws of the State of Georgia, a decision that was upheld,” Beer stated in her letter to Rushin. “Mr. Mullins, therefore, is not qualified to seek re-election.”
In her city tenure, Rushin remembers a City Council candidate residency challenge years back but said this is the first challenge of an individual’s qualification for election.
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