Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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October 18, 2007

Thomas Holloway: ‘criminal defamation law is constitutional’

Craig Walker arrested for disrupting meeting

AMERICUS — The Mayor and City Council meeting was a brief one, but not without fireworks.

The Council recognized honorary Council member Sulenia Bobb, held a public hearing that received input concerning a request from Martha and Roy Johnson to rezone their property at 902 Angus Drive from R2 (residential) to N-S (neighborhood shopping) and approving amendments and resolutions presented by the different committees. It only took about 15 minutes tops.

But that wasn’t the end, the games began when Thomas Holloway had the opportunity to address the Mayor and Council concerning the criminal defamation law.

According to Holloway, Craig Walker — who was also present at the meeting — had publicly defamed his character as well as attorney Bill Murray at last month’s meeting in reference to charges filed against Murray. Walker claimed that Holloway and Murray had trashed Sheila Reddick’s name — a woman accusing Murray of sexually assaulting her. Holloway transcribed the notes from September’s meeting and proceeded to state during his brief three minutes that he did not trash Reddick’s name but her criminal background did.

“If anyone did the trashing of her name, it is within the court system; her criminal records that show the felony charges that have been filed against her,” he said.

Holloway went on to say that Walker was also a felon, one with two robbery charges. According to Holloway, Walker was a suspect in the robbery at the local Harvey’s grocery store and also of a local bread man, in which he stated Walker also shot the victim.

Throughout the meeting, Walker had stood in the back of the room silently but loudly saying with posters written in bold, red words statements addressing the death of Eddie Bridges, demanding the firing of Officer Michael Middleton, the unsolved murders of two local black women and Reddick’s claim against Murray. Walker’s silence, however, was broken when Holloway accused him of being a felon and Walker blurted out that Holloway was a “liar and career criminal.”

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