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Gov. Deal: panel won't consider suspension of Victor Hill

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Thursday that he will not appoint a panel to consider the suspension of Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.

Hill won office while under indictment on felony corruption and racketeering charges stemming from his first term in 2004.

The Georgia Sheriff's Association had asked Deal to suspend Hill and appoint an interim sheriff while his case plays out in court.

According to a press release from the governor's office, Deal said that state law does not allow to Hill, saying that the "law outlining the procedures for the suspension of public officials under indictment applies only to officials indicted while holding their elected office."

Hill was indicted on Feb. 29, 2012, when he was a private citizen, Deal noted.

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