ATLANTA (AP) – A Georgia sheriff has compared the governor to the devil over a plan to loosen bail demands.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills made the disparaging remarks in an email sent to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association trying to rally opposition to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan.
In his email, Sills said that Deal’s administration “coddled” criminal elements and had done more for perpetrators of crime than “Lucifer and his demons combined.”
Deal’s recent plan, the final part of an eight-year criminal justice package, would in part give judges more discretion to forgo cash bail for defendants accused of low-level offenses.
Bipartisan supporters of the measure condemned Sills’ comments on the House floor Thursday. Republican House Speaker David Ralston said the sheriff’s words made him “sick to (his) stomach.”