Two linked to Nuwaubian sect
disqualified in political bids
Associated Press/May 28, 2004
Macon -- Two people reportedly affiliated with the
quasi-religious sect United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors were
disqualified Wednesday as candidates for Putnam County Commission
and county sheriff. George Jackson, who had qualified to run for
sheriff as a Democrat, was disqualified because of a 1976
conviction for shoplifting, a three-member hearing panel ruled.
The panel was made up of Probate Judge Patrice Howard and one
representative each from the Democratic and Republican parties.
Macon lawyer Jerry Lumley argued that Jackson's reported
affiliation with the Nuwaubians is the reason the candidacy was
"Obviously if he's connected with the Nuwaubians, that's an
unpopular cause,'' Lumley said. "But regardless of who he's
affiliated with, he deserves the right to be a candidate for
office.'' Lumley said he plans to appeal the ruling.
Nuwaubian leader Malachi York was convicted earlier this year
of child molestation charges. That conviction was recently
appealed, and his followers have been trying to win his release,
saying key witnesses have now recanted their stories. County
commission hopeful Anthony Evans also was disqualified Wednesday
by the panel, which said he did not meet residency requirements.
A similar challenge of incumbent Sheriff Howard Sills by a
third person affiliated with the Nuwaubians was dismissed. Robbie
Hibner accused Sills of attacking and injuring his ex-wife, a
charge the sheriff denies. She also said in her complaint that
Sills had harassed her and defamed Nuwaubians.