Bribery plea deal rejected

Chicot Memorial

An unexpected development in the case of Georgia businesswoman Edna Goble, who admitted to providing kickbacks to former Greenville School Superintendent Harvey Franklin to influence the school board into purchasing her reading program for the schools. A judge has rejected a plea agreement that would have resulted in a light sentence of six months home confinement. Federal Judge Michael Mills ruled that the proposed sentence for Goble was not sufficient given the seriousness of the crime. Franklin has already received a harsher sentence of 76 months in prison. Goble’s case will head again to trial following the judge’s rejection of the plea deal.


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