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CLAYTON | In jail, Hill says he's getting 'rest' for his campaign

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (WXIA) -- Victor Hill is no ordinary jail inmate. When he was arrested Wednesday following his indictment in Clayton County, he was taken from the Clayton County Jail -- which he used to run, as Clayton County Sheriff -- to the Gwinnett County Jail, for his own safety. 

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Then when he got there, he was put into a maximum security area by himself -- again, for his own safety.

Hill was wearing green jail linens and a common inmate's wristband when he spoke during an interview, seated next to his attorney.

"Let me just say to you: I'm not guilty. I'm still running for sheriff of Clayton County," Hill said. "This is politically motiviated," he said, referring to his arrest and indictment.

Hill says he spent his night in jail meditating and reading the Bible -- and resting up for his campaign. He'll run for sheriff in spite of a 37 count indictment that alleges he misused the office and misappropriated money the when he was sheriff four years ago.

"Let me tell you: Every day i'm in here will simply be rest for me to hit the campaign trail," Hill said.  "And when I get out, I'm going to campaign every day, all day."

But Hill found his exit from jail stalled. His attorney, Musa Ghanayem, says bonding companies in Clayton County won't write a bail bond for Hill -- because bonding companies have to stay in good standing with the sheriff.  Hill is being held on $50,000 bond.

Clayton County Sheriff Kem Kimbrough says he isn't stopping any bonding company from writing a bail bond for his jailed political opponent.

Hill's attorney contends Hill's jail stay could be a political plus.  "His inability to have a bonding company (write his bond) because of fear of retaliation is making him a political martyr," Ghanayem said.

Kimbrough points out that Hill can also post a cash or property bond, and Ghanayem said he was exploring those avenues.  Hill filed for personal bankruptcy as he exited office in 2008.


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