Former Gadsden County Deputy Sheriff Indicted for Civil Rights Violation
TALLAHASSEE, FL—James Corder, 54, a former captain with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, has been indicted on charges of violating the civil rights of an arrestee, obstruction of justice, and making false statements in a federal investigation. The indictment was announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
The five-count indictment alleges that on July 25, 2013, Corder deprived an arrestee of his constitutional right to due process of law by stealing approximately $1,785 belonging to the arrestee. The indictment also alleges that Corder made false and misleading statements concerning the theft to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
If convicted, Corder faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice, five years in prison for making false statements in a federal investigation, and one year in prison for deprivation of civil rights. Trial is scheduled for November 10, 2014, before United States District Judge Mark E. Walker.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Rhew-Miller.
An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.