Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White dropped his legal action against Madison County Sheriff Kip Thomas after a meeting between the two officials.
White had filed a “writ of mandamus” against Thomas, seeking a judge’s order to compel the sheriff to serve arrest warrants, which he said weren’t executed in a timely manner. County attorney Mike Pruett filed for a motion to dismiss the legal action, noting that the warrants were served five days before White’s action against the sheriff
“The case was voluntarily dismissed last week,” wrote Pruett, responding to an emailed inquiry about the case. “I suggested a meeting between the sheriff and the DA. They had a good and respectful conversation and everything is worked out.”
Both White and Thomas both said this week that they felt the matter was resolved.
“We sat down and talked for about 40 minutes,” said Thomas.
In his July 30 motion for dismissal “without prejudice,” White said his issues had been addressed by the sheriff.
“After a meeting between the petitioner and the defendant, the petitioner is satisfied that concerns set forth in the petition have and/or will be addressed, that compliance with O.C.G.A 35-3-36 (b) will be effectuated,” wrote White.
A scheduled hearing on the matter set for Aug. 12 has been canceled.
White filed the writ of mandamus to compel the sheriff to arrest Mohammed Shafiq, Bennie Pierce and Margaret Pierce on election fraud charges. A Madison County Grand Jury returned a “true bill” on the three on April 23 on two counts of illegal acts regarding election documents, two counts of subordination of false swearing, two counts of false swearing and three counts of tampering with evidence.
The criminal charges stemmed from the involvement of the three in the contentious Republican primary runoff for sheriff in 2012 between Thomas and challenger Clayton Lowe. Shafiq was an outspoken supporter of Thomas in the race.
The sheriff said the warrants had been executed prior to White’s filing.
“What he’s claiming has already been taken care of; it was taken care of back in June,” said Thomas after White’s filing and prior to the face-to-face meeting. “All the warrants were served in June. If there was some issue he had with them, all he had to do was call and ask.”