October 21, 2013

Court reverses police officer’s convictions


Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Ga. — Georgia’s highest court has reversed the convictions and prison sentence given to a south Georgia police officer who had been accused of soliciting sodomy from a 17-year-old boy.

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday announced its ruling that clears James Edwin Watson of wrongdoing. He was a patrol officer with the Nashville Police Department when he was accused of the offense. In March 2011, a jury convicted him of two counts of solicitation of sodomy and two counts of violating his oath of office. He was sentenced to two years in prison and three more on probation.

The high court ruled that the evidence against Watson was insufficient for a conviction under Georgia’s solicitation of sodomy statute.

The court also found that the statute itself is constitutional.