by: Jeff Dore Updated:CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga.,None —
Former Clayton County sheriff Victor Hill pleaded not guilty to all 37 criminal counts against him.
Channel 2’s Jeff Dore went to the Clayton County courthouse, where Hill’s arraignment hearing was held Wednesday. He faces charges that include theft, lying and racketeering. Lawyers spent most of the hearing arguing.
Hill’s lawyers spoke out against the prosecutor's motion for the court to impose a wide gag order on parties to the case.
“There has been rampant and pervasive publicity about this case,” Prosecutor Layla Zon said.
An attorney representing Channel 2 also argued against the gag order.
“We don’t believe that it is fair to silence Mr. Hill. There have been allegations laid upon him. He's a public figure, he's running for office and we believe that to silence him would be fundamentally unfair,” attorney Steven Frey said.
The judge said he will issue some kind of order, but it won't be the gag order the state asked for. We should get that in a few days.