Funeral service for Hale Almand set for Tuesday

obrown@macon.comJuly 8, 2013 

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Hale Almand Jr., a former federal prosecutor who handled high-profile cases across Georgia, died Saturday. He was 73.

BEAU CABELL — The Telegraph

Hale Almand Jr., a former federal prosecutor who handled high-profile cases across Georgia during his career, died Saturday. He was 73.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery.

During his work in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Almand prosecuted corruption in the Macon Police Department, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Department of Labor, among other cases that drew considerable attention. In the mid-1970s, The Macon News described him as “possibly the leading organized-crime buster in Georgia.”

When he was in private practice, he represented University of Georgia officials in the 1986 Jan Kemp academic corruption case, in which Kemp, an English instructor, was awarded a $2.57 million verdict from a federal jury. Kemp had contended that she was demoted and fired for protesting preferential treatment for athletes.

In 1985, he successfully prosecuted former Labor Commissioner Sam Caldwell for fraud.

Almand was born in Atlanta and raised in Pavo, in south Georgia, and in Warner Robins. He graduated from The Citadel, then joined the Army and was on active duty in Vietnam.

“He was extremely capable of organizing a case and presenting a case in court,” said retired Macon lawyer Ron Knight, a former U.S. Attorney. “He never was intimidated by anybody.”

Knight recalled Almand’s prosecution and conviction of the Lowndes sheriff, Jewell Futch. Almand drove back into Macon from Valdosta one day, and someone noticed something on the side of his car.

“Hale,” the person said, “this looks like a bullet hole.”

“Sure enough,” Knight said, “somebody had taken a shot at him. ... But he went on down there. Never missed a stride.”

Almand, a large man who was taller than 6 feet, had a serious, businesslike courtroom manner.

“Hale was direct,” Knight said. “He was calm, cool and collected. Even though in these cases there were big-paid opposition lawyers, ... he never backed off. Hale just stood up to any one of these guys.”

Almand graduated from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in 1970, then served as a law clerk for the late U.S. District Judge William A. Bootle. After that, he served in the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Macon as a special assistant attorney general until he left to go into private practice in 1975.

Among the cases he defended was that of Michael Lumpkin, who was tried twice for the slayings of Mike and Becky Lubel and ultimately acquitted in 1980.

Almand is survived by his wife, Marjorie, three children and six grandchildren.

Telegraph writer Joe Kovac Jr. contributed to this report. To contact writer Oby Brown, call 744-4396.

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