• Proposed $3M settlement reached in school search lawsuit

    By: KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press

    ATLANTA (AP) - A legal advocacy group says a proposed $3 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against a suspended Georgia sheriff who also faces criminal charges over a drug search at a high school.

    The Southern Center for Human Rights in June filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby and more than a dozen deputies. A grand jury last month indicted Hobby and two deputies on charges related to the April search at Worth County High School.

    A judge still has to sign off on the proposed settlement.

    Raleigh Rollins Jr., a lawyer representing Hobby and some of the deputies, confirmed the proposed settlement but had no further comment.

    The settlement announcement comes a day after Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Hobby because of the indictment.

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