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Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Freeman in "Catch-22"
A judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the transfer of hundreds of Fulton County inmates to South Georgia, interrupting Sheriff Myron Freeman's efforts to keep his jail population within a proposed court-ordered limit. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Marvin Arrington was reluctant to decide one way or the other on a motion by public defenders to stop Freeman from sending inmates to rented cells in Mitchell and Decatur counties. But he finally agreed to give each side something at least until a higher state court or the federal courts looked at the issue. Arrington first approved public defenders' request for a temporary restraining order against the relocations. The judge then accepted a motion from the sheriff's lawyer to stay the order until the question is resolved by another court. But Arrington told both sides he did not want any more inmates moved until other courts consider the issue.