Deputy's firing in Nuwaubian case is
Second appeal to fail
Athens Banner-Herald/March 3, 2007
By Joe Johnson
A former deputy flagrantly violated jail policies when he wrote
to a convicted child molester, vowing to try to free the cult
leader, and the Clarke County Sheriff's Office was justified in
firing the deputy, a county personnel hearing officer has ruled.
Anthony Montgomery, a former corporal at the jail, broke policy
when he corresponded with Dwight "Malachi" York, the imprisoned
leader of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors black supremacist
group, hearing officer Denny Galis wrote in his Tuesday decision,
which county officials released late Thursday.
"As to the employee's code of conduct violations, the most
egregious included his correspondence with a convicted felon,
including offers to help gain the felon's release," Galis wrote.
The former deputy also violated policy by distributing
Nuwaubian literature to prisoners at the Clarke County Jail, Galis
"By his own admission, (Montgomery) facilitated certain inmates
getting publications from outside the jail instead of directing
the inmates to the proper department in the jail," Galis wrote.
"As evidenced by the aforementioned correspondence, (Montgomery)
was attempting to promulgate a particular philosophy or point of
Montgomery was the second of four former deputies with
Nuwaubian ties to unsuccessfully appeal to get his job back. He
appealed the sheriff's decision to terminate him during a daylong
hearing Feb. 19, and two more hearings are scheduled for this
Dressed in the Nuwaubians' Egyptian-inspired garb, the former
deputy insisted at his hearing that the investigation leading to
his termination was shoddy, relying mostly on hearsay statements
of inmates and other uncorroborated evidence.
Galis said in his decision that Montgomery failed to "overcome
his burden of proof" that he was improperly fired.
The four deputies who were fired, and a fifth who was allowed
to resign, came under scrutiny after jail officials learned last
March that Montgomery wrote a letter to York. No policy violations
were found at the time, even though York is serving a 135-year
federal prison sentence for convictions on racketeering, money
laundering, child molestation and other charges.
The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Nuwaubians as a
"black separatist" hate group, and said York "claimed at various
times to be a space alien and God in the flesh."
York had a mansion in Athens and his followers lived in a
sprawling compound in Eatonton where, according to the SPLC, "York
told his followers they were building a sovereign nation where
they would be free from the influence of white 'devils.' "
York sexually molested children of his followers both in Athens
and at the Putnam County compound, federal prosecutors said.
In the March 2006 letter to York, Montgomery introduced himself
as one of his followers who "answered the call when you suggested
that brothers join law enforcement agencies."
Though they didn't find policy violations immediately,
sheriff's officials learned Nuwaubian literature was circulating
in the jail, so they reminded deputies about the policy forbidding
deputies from distributing unauthorized literature.
The reminder didn't deter Montgomery.
The next month, in April 2006, he sent the imprisoned Nuwaubian
leader another letter in which he flouted the policy.
"I have still managed to propagate our doctrine to many of the
inmates" at the Clarke County Jail, Montgomery wrote. "The
administration at the jail really doesn't want our books in the
jail but they can't stop Pops. I have many scrolls circulating in
"The irony is that every day I work here, though, makes me
realize more and more that YOU DON'T BELONG IN PRISON! This is why
I continue to fight for your freedom."
The letter was sent to York at a federal maximum security
prison in Colorado, and was intercepted by U.S. Bureau of Prison
officials who notified the sheriff's office.
Montgomery listed in the same letter ways he and other
Nuwaubians were trying to win York's freedom, including a public
relations campaign that used newspaper advertisements, billboards
and a Web site, www.heisinnocent.com.
The former deputy told York that Nuwaubians "had "hit the
streets" to spread the cult's doctrine.
"This will not only inform people of your innocence, but will
save souls and unite the family under our doctrine of Wu-Nuwaubu,"
the former deputy's letter said. "We support Africa because that
is FIRST. We will put BABA in AFRICA!"