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Felony keeps Ga. coroner candidate off ballot

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FORT VALLEY, Ga. -

A Georgia Superior Court judge says a 40-year-old felony record is enough to keep a candidate for Peach County coroner off the November ballot, even though the candidate was long ago pardoned for the crime.
 
The Telegraph of Macon reports Judge Edward Lukemire ruled that candidate Otis Daniel's pardon for a burglary committed in 1972 still doesn't allow him to serve as coroner or in other offices -- such as sheriff and Superior Court clerk -- that by state law are off limits to anyone with a felony record.
 
Daniel, who is a former Fort Valley fire chief, pleaded guilty to burglary when he was 17. He received a pardon in 1988. Still, the Peach County Board of Elections disqualified him earlier this week because of the criminal record.

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