TIFTON -- David Hege's attorney has requested a new trial for his client in a civil case that previously ended with a $230,000 judgment against Hege.

In a motion filed in Tift Superior Court June 10, lawyer Thomas H. Pittman said the judgment by Judge Gary McCorvey was "contrary to law, contrary to the evidence and strongly against the weight of the evidence" and that Hege was denied his right to a trial by jury, denied due process of law and was not given notice of the trial.

Hege, formerly a local attorney, was disbarred in September 2003 after being charged with four felony counts of theft by deception. In complaints made to the State Bar Association, clients said he accepted money to make payments for them in bankruptcy court but never made the payments.

In the case involving the judgment, former client Jeanette Bolden accused Hege of taking $56,000 of her money to invest, telling her that the money would be doubled within two years and that he would make monthly interest payments to her.

McCorvey awarded Bolden monetary damages of $80,988.50 and punitive damages of $150,000, citing Hege's "willful misconduct, malice, fraud, wantonness, oppression or ... entire want of care."

A hearing on the motion will be held at 9 a.m. July 9 at the Tift County Administrative Building Courtroom.



To contact city editor Florence Rankin, call 382-4321, ext. 209.

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