No Indictment Yet for Hart County Probate Judge Bob Smith

August 28, 2014

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


A Hart County Grand Jury did not return any indictment last week against former Hart County Probate Judge Bob Smith.

According to Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Parks White, he did not present his case against Smith to the grand jury, but only made them aware that the case is ongoing.

White said the GBI is not yet finished with their investigation.

“The grand jury was briefed on some other investigations that are ongoing, but they were not asked to consider returning any criminal charges against former Hart County Probate Judge Bob Smith at this point,” White said Monday. “We don’t present a case to the grand jury until the investigation is final.”

White would not say if that investigation will lead to more charges against Smith.

The next grand jury is not expected to meet until the third week of February, 2015, according to the Hart County Clerk of Court’s office.

In May, Smith was charged with one count of misdemeanor simple battery and one count of misdemeanor attempt to commit sexual battery after he allegedly fondled and kissed a woman against her will who had come to him for help with a parking ticket.

Smith resigned his office on July 23rd, one day before the State’s Judicial Qualifications Commission had scheduled a hearing in State Court in Elberton to determine if there was enough evidence to ask the State Supreme Court to remove Smith from office.