Special Prosecutor named in Sullivan case

By
Cheri Russo

Dateline
Updated Tue, Aug 16, 2011 11:03 am
Sullivan call.

A special prosecutor has been named in the investigation of an Athens County Commissioner.

State Assistant Attorney General Aaron Haslam says he got the case file on his desk this morning.

Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn asked the State Attorney General's Office to take over the case of Mark Sullivan.

Sullivan is being investigated after his estranged wife told deputies he had marijuana plants at his former residence.

She made multiple calls to 911 in late July claiming Sullivan had marijuana plants on their property.

You can listen to the audio of the calls by clicking the links above.

Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly says his deputies took roughly 30 marijuana plants from Sullivan's estranged wife.

Haslam says he wants to move forward with the investigation as quickly as possible.

"We just received the full case file today on it. So, we're still looking through it but we did accept the appointment from Mr. Blackburn to be special prosecutors or to act as a special prosecutors on the case." said Haslam.

Blackburn says he sought a special prosecutor in the case due to a conflict of interest.

As a commissioner, Sullivan helps determine the prosecutor's office budget and Blackburn says he wants the people of Athens County to know this case was investigated fairly.

Click the links below to read the Athens County Sheriff's Department incident report.

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