The arrest warrants against Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard were stayed, less than 24 hours after a Douglas County judge signed the papers allowing a deputy to move forward with her attempts to have the prosecutor face criminal charges for a courtroom altercation.
Former Gov. Roy Barnes, one of Howard’s lawyers, confirmed that Douglas County Judge David Emerson had reversed himself.
A Douglas County judge signed arrest warrants Thursday against Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, charging him with aggravated battery and other crimes following a courtroom struggle with a Fulton deputy a month ago.
Douglas Sheriff Phil Miller said Howard, who was attending a conference in Augusta on Thursday, would be arrested “as soon as possible.”
Douglas Superior Court Judge David Emerson signed the warrants after an attorney for the injured deputy was unsuccessful in getting warrants issued in Fulton County.
Howard, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, is accused of three felonies and three misdemeanors. The charges include aggravated and simple battery, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and reckless conduct.
Former Gov. Roy Barnes, one of Howard’s attorneys, called the issuing of the warrants “outrageous” and accused the deputy, Levoular McCray, and her lawyer, Dennis Scheib, of “judge shopping.”
Barnes said he will petition the Georgia Court of Appeals today to dismiss the warrants.
“I’ve never heard of anybody arresting a district attorney in my 35 years of practicing law,” Barnes said.