Several years after the commencement of the case(s) against the “Quitman 12″, on September 27, 2013, a mistrial was granted in favor of our client Lula Smart. For those that don’t know what a mistrial is, it is” A courtroom trial that has been terminated prior to its normal conclusion.” In determining whether to declare a mistrial, the court must decide whether the error is so prejudicial and fundamental that expenditure of further time and expense would be wasteful, if not futile. The error against our client Lula Smart would not have given her a fair trial.
The trial for Lula Smart of the Quitman 12 (Now Quitman 11) started September 23, 2013. It was alleged that Lula Smart and the others had illegal possession of absentee voter ballots, and interfered with voters in a Quitman, GA school board race. The investigation was sparked by the opponents of the winner. It is no dispute that the winners of the 2010 election did not win by “voter fraud” however, the charges were not dropped. Chevene King, Esq. is lead counsel, along with co-counsel, Karla Walker, Esq. and Tiffany Simmons, Esq. Attorneys King, Walker, & Simmons did a great job in representing Lula Smart of the Quitman 12! It is anticipated that the State will not seek to retry Lula Smart nor the remaining 10 of the Quitman 12.