Judge issues warrants against political consultant; candidates withdraw candidacies in protest four days before Runoff

A state legislator sent this to me as a heads up:  The Brunswick News is reporting that two candidates have withdrawn from the ballot to protest a Magistrate Judge’s “good behavior warrant” against a political consultant, essentially restraining him from ‘harassing’ opposing political candidates.

Judge Steven Morgan issued the warrant  to restrict the political consultant. The Brunswick News reports that the warrant is a good behavior warrant and is “most typically issued in domestic cases, such as a divorce.”

Failure to comply can result in jail.

Republican candidate Tashawanta Wells had faced Glynn County Commissioner Robbie Tucker in a Tuesday Runoff.

Dee Rogers, a Republican challenger for School Board, had already won the Republican nomination to face incumbent Democrat Venus Holmes in November. The challengers have withdrawn.

The warrant was issued against the Rev. Ken Adkins, the consultant worked and advised both candidates, after Commissioner Tucker reported “fear of my safety – well being” following alleged postings on Facebook by the consultant.

Holmes, the Democratic School Board member, reported “I have high blood pressure, and this attack (purportedly by Adkins) is weighing heavy on me. He (Adkins) has also ask(ed) for my (resignation) from the school board so his candidate can win. I say, ‘when pigs fly,” according to Brunswick News reporter Meghan Pittman.

In withdrawing, Wells, the challenger for the County Commission, said “I’m upset with the ruling. It’s unconstitutional and it is against his First Amendment rights.”

Both Wells and Rogers withdrew their candidacies in protest.

Anyone know more? Can Facebook postings count as ‘contact’ if they come up in the news feeds of the incumbents?  Can going to public debates or events as an attendee be considered a violation?  I assume that in a divorce case, these could be considered violations of good behavior warrants, but I don’t know that for sure.

Can any attorneys weigh in?  Especially attorney Holly Mannheimer, attorney with Georgia’s First Amendment Foundation — we’d like to read your comments if you’re out there.  Any Glynn County or coastal area folks? Political consultants?

This seems like a slippery slope but I don’t pretend to know all the details.


  1. bowersville says:

    Here’s a print copy of the story.


    This may be the key part of the accusation of harm to personal safety.

    Under Crowe’s questioning in court, both Tucker and Holmes acknowledged they had not been threatened personally nor had Adkins tried to get anyone else to harm them or their property.

    It was the second Friday in a row that Tucker had sought a good behavior warrant on essentially the same grounds. He asserted a week earlier before Magistrate Wallace Harrell that Adkins’ calling him a “white guy” and saying he was a child molester was causing him harm.

    Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/georgia/2012-08-17/story/glynn-magistrate-tells-rev-ken-adkins-be-more-civil-political#ixzz240V1cy7f

  2. saltycracker says:

    We attach a lot of names to dirty politics and bad behavior. At the same time the latest hot button on our schools is bullying. A spillover from parental behavior ?

    Maybe we add bullying to harassment
    classes and run all candidates and legislators through it.

  3. troutbum70 says:

    From what I’ve heard, things like this have hit closer to home than you think in political circles with threats of lawsuits just for questioning a person or an issue or two.

    • Gary Cooper says:

      You have no idea just how bad it can get. Trust me, from experience, things get really carried away with Facebook and Twitter posts with candidates and their supporters.

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