Yes, I agree. There are plenty of comparable populations north of Macon/Bibb County. I pulled up Georgia county populations and they definitely exist. Why Valdosta and Tifton were even mentioned on the podcast as options is beyond me - very unrealistic. They moved the hot car/Justin Harris all the way from Cobb County to Glynn County for a fair trial. If they wanted to move it, they would and could move it to a fair location for both sides.
I saw someone mention somewhere, in regards to this, they they even moved Ted Bundys trial from Jacksonville to Miami to ensure a “fair” trial. What worries me was the tone of conversation with the chamber of commerce representative(?) who said (loosely) bad publicity is still publicity and moving it would mean tax dollars be spent somewhere else and why lose that. I understand and respect her position though, but I think fair carriage of justice should be the main priority, imo.
YESSS! That town is too small! I do not feel that he’ll even minutely be given a “fair” trial.
@georgia I don't think Mr. Roberts is aware that a change of venue would require a town/county with similar demographics.
@south I just hope that’s not what most of the people there think. I’m 3 1/2 hours north of Ocilla and hardly anyone is familiar with this case. It’s big to us here on the board because we are invested and keep up with it but if we didn’t it would be a distant memory and we would recall it only when we saw it on the news, as to where it’s big in Ocilla and surrounding areas because that’s where it happened and it’s a small town. I think it’s being viewed like the entire state is talking about this case like the locals there and... they just aren’t.
@southga, I would think a person who has made their career being in the news business would know this basic concept, right?? I was really surprised by his less than impressive interview.
@Dawg I get what you're saying and I agree with you. There are definitely suitable alternatives, especially in the northern part of the state. @beach One would think so, but.....🤷♀️
@slick that is definitely a small county population wise! **random fact- a lot of the movie “sweet home Alabama “ was filmed in crawfordville :)
Another fun fact...I was an extra in that movie. Actually a lot of my friends were and people we went to school also. We're in party scene that was filmed in downtown Crawfordville
@slick I have a friend who was an extra in that scene! Crazy small world!!
Her initials were CS and she’s from crawfordville. She’s married now (so different last name now) and lives out of state.
Ha! I believe I know exactly who you're talking about! Her mom was my kindergarten teacher at NGA?
You two 🤣
I believe the prosecution thinks they have better control of the case in Irwin Co.... if they have additional interests whom they’re covering for, they need the connections.
I agree Waverly. It’s also their playground and their rules. 🙄