Robert "Bobby" Williams
Robert "Bobby" Williams
Robert “Bobby” Williams

Sheriff George David raised concerns of county workers once again today, allowing a man currently awaiting trial to bypass the Courthouse’s security protocols while entering the building.

Robert “Bobby” Williams, a long-time friend and political ally of the Sheriff, met with David in his office sometime around 1:30pm today.

Williams is currently awaiting trial on charges of perjury under the Pennsylvania Election Code, and is expected to accept a plea bargain from prosecutors in the case. The man stands accused of lying on an official nominating petition to appear on the May 21st Democratic primary ballot as a candidate for Aliquippa City Council.

Sources inside of the Sheriff’s Office say Sheriff David’s phone rang at 1:25pm today, before he got up and unlocked a secure door leading to the building’s sally port. David then reportedly opened the sally port gate, allowing Williams into the courthouse without being screened at one of two public entrances to the building.

Protocols established by County Commissioners and court administrators require all courthouse visitors to walk through metal detectors and have their bags passed through x-ray machines before entering the building.

Several residents of Aliquippa had accused Williams of flashing a gun and using racial slurs earlier this year while visiting their home to collect signatures for his petition. Williams was not charged as a result of those allegations, although the incident did lead to a meeting between the NAACP, law enforcement officials, and the District Attorney’s Office.

The controversy surrounding Bobby Williams arose after a series of investigative reports by the Beaver Countian raised serious questions about his residency and eligibility to run for office in Aliquippa. Following those reports, a group of residents from Aliquippa filed a lawsuit against Williams seeking to keep his name off of the ballot. Williams withdrew his candidacy one day later, and he was subsequently charged with perjury following an investigation by Beaver County Detectives.

Perjury under the election code is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment not exceeding five years, or both. Williams has a pre-trial conference scheduled in his case for December 19th.

Robert Williams has previously instructed this publication never to contact him again for comment, telling this reporter to “go fuck yourself.”

Sheriff David raised similar security concerns earlier this year when Ohioville Police Chief Ronald Lutton, who is facing 64 felony charges, was ushered unrestrained in and out of a courtroom through restricted entrances and secured hallways to avoid members of the press.

Note: In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter is a named victim in criminal charges filed against Sheriff George David by the Pennsylvania State Police.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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five-o
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five-o

tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock…….. :time:

Debbie Steel-Phillips
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Debbie Steel-Phillips

Remember 2014 ..vote..give him the boot!

NotSoFast
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NotSoFast

david is in office until 2016 wont be on the ballot until 2015 :omg:

Nikki
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Nikki

Ok, now, one has to ask, is there not repercussions for wantonly flaunting the security protocols at the courthouse?
They are there for a reason, for the safety of the judges, courthouse staff, and the public. What would have happened had this man been carrying a loaded, concealed weapon, and chose to use it that day? He’s already shown that he has a volatile temperament, so why do this, and put yourself under MORE SCRUTINY than what you are already under?
David KNOWS that his every move is being watched, from the moment he walks into the courthouse, to his bathroom breaks, to him picking his nose, so why on earth would he do something so stupid, as to bring more unwanted attention to himself?
I truly believe his mental state is not well, and he shouldn’t be in the position he is in.

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

I am not sure if it is his mental state that is worrisome, or if he just thinks he is Teflon because no matter what shit gets thrown at him it keeps bouncing off.

mikulin
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mikulin

Why don’t the judges react to this transgression? Certainly in today’s age of judicial activism, they could put the sheriff’s office under supervision and outside receivership. This was done with the LAPD for years when it was alleged that they weren’t acting properly. Seems like the most important duty of sheriff is courthouse or building security and if he violates standing procedures, this is cause for outside intervention.

Pike
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Pike

So John Paul even knows what time Georgies phone rings LOL!!!

ROCHY
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ROCHY

He does it because he can, NO ONE does any thing to him, the circus clowns and his pal mouth piece. SECURITY MY ASS, after all the threats and accusations nothing has changed..Sad Sorry men they call them selves they won’t do anything because they are all afraid of him and that’s the bottom line. Real stand up men that let him abuse woman and don’t do a thing. I feel sorry for the people who work there and the people who visit the courthouse. SHAME ON YOU keep turning your heads, DO SOMETHING MR DA. Isn’t it YOUR job to keep that place SAFE……