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Northern District of Florida

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Former Gadsen County Sheriff's Captain Convicted of Civil Rights Violation

TALLAHASSEE – James Corder, 54, a former captain with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, has been convicted on charges of violating the civil rights of an arrestee, obstruction of justice, and making false statements in a federal investigation. The convictions were announced by Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Evidence presented at the four-day trial showed 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. Thereafter, Corder made false and misleading statements to the FBI and FDLE agents investigating the theft. Sentencing is scheduled for April 8, 2015, 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, with assistance from the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karen Rhew-Miller.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. The office strives to protect and serve the citizens of the Northern District of Florida through the ethical, vigorous, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the United States, to defend the national security, to improve the safety and quality of life in our communities through the protection of civil rights, and to protect the public funds and financial assets of the United States. To access available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit

Updated January 30, 2015