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Alabama: Judge continues ouster case against county commissioner

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports: A Houston County, Ala., judge appointed Chief Deputy District Attorney Buster Landreau to continue the civil case challenging whether Russell County Commissioner Ronnie Reed has the right to keep his post.

District Judge Brad Mandheim of Dothan listened to arguments two weeks ago from Landreau, Reed's attorney Jim McKoon and Ken White, attorney for Fort Mitchell resident Gerald Kite, about who should continue the case against Reed. The commissioner's eligibility for holding office is being questioned because he was convicted of burglarizing Safe Lite Optical on Jacqueline Drive in Columbus in 1975.

Mandheim decided Friday to make Landreau fold his investigation into Kite's original complaint.

According to Alabama law, a convicted felon not pardoned in the state where the offense occurred is not eligible to hold public office in Alabama. Reed's voting rights were restored at the end of his sentence, but his political rights weren't restored by the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles until December -- after the challenge was filed and more than a year after he was elected. Reed, 51, represents Russell County District 4. -- Ledger-Enquirer | 02/22/2006 | Judge rules to continue case

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