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Posted: January 26, 2009 6:18 p.m.

Attorney General’s office refers ‘family fight’ case to Ocmulgee Circuit DA

Georgia's Attorney General's office has assigned the family fight case involving three members of juvenile court Judge Sheri Robert's family to Frederic Bright, district attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, in Milledgeville. Newton County District Attorney Ken Wynne recused himself last week saying he wanted to "avoid any sort of appearance of any conflict of interest from this office or Judge Roberts."

According to Russell Willard, communications director with the attorney general's office, the cases against Matthew Roberts, GiGi Cruikshank and Kevin Cruikshank were included in the recusal; however, the case against Peggy Capes, Judge Robert's mother, was not.

"She (Peggy Capes)  was issued a citation. She was not arrested on a state warrant. Her case is handled in municple court not superior court," said Wynne.

The cases stem from an altercation Dec. 28 between James Cruikshank, Matthew Roberts, Gigi Cruikshank, Peggy Capes and officers with the Covington Police Department.
Sheri Roberts is married to Matthew Roberts and is Gigi Cruikshank's sister.

James Cruikshank is charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and battery; his brother-in-law, Roberts, is charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct; his wife, Gigi Cruikshank, is charged with obstruction and disorderly conduct; and his mother-in-law, Peggy Capes, is charged with public drunkenness.

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