Georgia judge won’t say why he banned a man from his county over $250 speeding ticket
A Georgia man was left confused after a local judge banned him from entering his jurisdiction ever again, seemingly over going 15 miles over the speed limit.
“I didn’t commit no murder, I’m not a sex offender, I’m not a criminal,” the defendant, Ricardo Riley, told WSB-TV. “I just got a speeding ticket, so I think that’s not fair.”
Riley appeared before Loganville Municipal Judge Brad Brownlow last month for an October 2013 speeding ticket in Walton County, near metropolitan Atlanta. Riley was cited for going 40 miles an hour in a 25 mph zone, which normally incurs a $250 fine.
“I asked him to lower it,” Riley told WSB. “Instead he give me a $1,000 fine, 12-month probation, driving school and he banished me from the county.”
According to WSB, state law allows judges to expulse defendants from their jurisdiction under threat of arrest, but the provision is rarely used. Riley, a U.S. permanent resident who is originally from Jamaica, insisted he did not behave inappropriately toward Brownlow before getting the unusually harsh sentence.
For his part, Brownlow refused to discuss Riley’s case, citing the “judicial code of ethics.”
Watch WSB’s report on Riley’s case, aired on Thursday, below.