Merry announces plans to sue Commissioner Williams

By: Jonathan Martin Email
By: Jonathan Martin Email

News 12 First at Five
June 18, 2007


Community activist Woody Merry and his attorney Robert Mullins are lining up another lawsuit. This time, they are filing suit against Augusta commissioner Marion Williams claiming he has violated a list of state ethics laws.

"We are not going to accept this type of behavior anymore. If we have to drag you into court, again, again, and again, you know i am not afraid to drag you into court," Merry says.

Merry claims Williams violated his oath of office by referring to commissioner Joe Bowles as "boy" during a recent commission meeting. They also say he's violated rules by claiming to have a copy of the city administrator's hard drive. Merry says their biggest concern is that Williams has violated ethics codes by failing to pay his property taxes while serving as a commissioner.

"Our research is showing, he has been late paying his taxes for five years i believe it is," Woody Merry told us.

News 12 contacted Williams about the claims in the suit that Merry's attorney says will be filed this week in state court.
Williams says, "I'm not entertaining that clown anymore....I'm going to pay my taxes and will have to pay penalty and late
charges, but [Merry] is not going to tell me when to pay them."

This is not the first lawsuit Woody Merry has brought on city leaders. He sued former fire chief Ronnie Few over his residency and lost.
He also sued the commission over voting abstentions and failed to get the ruling he wanted.

Despite the failed attempts, Merry says he does not feel he's wasting his time or taxpayer's money.

"The letter of the law is going to be followed period, even if i lose every single lawsuit from now until the day i die, there's going to be a consequence," Merry tells us.

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  • by Carol on Jun 27, 2007 at 07:49 AM
    This issue is not about Commissioner Williams, but it is about using city property and city time for personal use! Which is a violation of city ethics agreement.
  • by Alan Location: WilkesCo Ga. on Jun 26, 2007 at 07:30 PM
    Has Mr Marion Williams compromised the privacy of employees of Augusta Ga. That is the question that should be answered. If he has a copy ,then who else has a copy?
  • by Barbara Location: Augusta on Jun 25, 2007 at 09:02 PM
    I think we need to check into all of his property taxes that he owes. Like 2909 MYRTLE AVE. But if you are going to check his information then you need to check every Commissioners property information. But no matter what it is a violated ethics code and someone in his position should not be paying his taxes 2 & 3 years late.
  • by watch dog Location: augusta on Jun 19, 2007 at 06:19 PM
    mr, woody watch dog meery you say you are the watchman for the community it seen like you pick your peoples to watch if you are going to be a watch dog you need to do it fair don't just watch some and the other get away,I don't hear you say anything about your buddy the good O boys you seen to hate when a black man stand up and speak out mr woody watch dog merry the blacks are not riding in the back of the bus they are driving the bus they don't have to go IN the back door anymore they own the house mr,woody watch dog merry you need to come out of 30/40/50 this IS 2007 what you father and mother and grandfather and grandmother got away with you can't do it,your ati
  • by Leah Location: Augusta on Jun 19, 2007 at 04:27 PM
    Merry's a smart and very brave fella. He's not the one who's been acting like a bully or anything illegal at all. It's Williams who has claimed to have someone's hard drive, who will not pay his taxes, etc. Not to mention how he's wasted taxpayers' monies on those trips where he cannot or will not learn how to properly represent the city. Rah rah rah for Woody!
  • by Jim Location: augusta on Jun 19, 2007 at 03:59 PM
    Marion Williams can't manage his own personal finances but yet he sits on the commission deciding how to spend millions in taxpayer money! I wonder how many private companies would have him sit on their board of directors and make critical financial decisions. And now we here of an arrest warrant for one of the members of the Board of Education - what next!
  • by DUE DATE Location: Augusta on Jun 19, 2007 at 12:16 PM
    Marion, Mr. Merry is not telling you when to pay your taxes. On your tax bill or any bill for that matter, there is a date that you must pay by. This is called a due date. You are an elected official of this city. If you think you can pay your bills whenever you feel like it, what's to stop the other property owners of this city to follow in your footsteps. Oh wait. You would be screaming that the city can't afford to do anything because no one has paid their taxes yet.
  • by betsy Location: augusta on Jun 19, 2007 at 03:47 AM
    Has Merry lost his mind, he is becoming an Austin Rhodes wanta be .Quite being a trouble maker and send time on things that matter you act like a spoiled rotren child who is trying to be a school yard BULLY> Sit down and shut act like a human not a brat>
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