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Report: Decatur Judge under fire for sending woman to jail after she fought traffic citation

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Report: Decatur Judge under fire for sending woman to jail after she fought traffic citation

The city of Decatur Municipal Court. Photo by Dena Mellick
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The city of Decatur Municipal Court. Photo by Dena Mellick

Decatur Judge Lindsay Jones is under fire for taking the unusual step of putting a woman in jail after she fought a traffic ticket.

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said Jones resigned, but he told the Atlanta Journal Constitution he hadn’t. He reportedly jailed Shari Hurston Tatum for two days after she contested a ticket for blocking an intersection. She only served one day, the AJC reported. According to the AJC, the judge found her guilty of that offense and said she was found guilty of “misrepresenting material facts.” To read the full story on the AJC, click here.

Merriss insisted Jones is no longer a judge for the city.

“Judge Jones offered his resignation to Chief Municipal Court Judge Rhathelia Stroud on Wednesday evening and she accepted the resignation on behalf of the city,” Merriss said. “She informed me of this on Thursday morning around 9:30 a.m.  She has confirmed to me on multiple times since Monday morning that she accepted the resignation and I believe and support her.  I do not have anything else to add.”

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