Madison County Recorder Resigns, Avoids Prosecution
Was investigated for using county office for political activity
Madison County's Recorder has resigned as part of a deal to prevent her from being prosecuted for using her office for political activity.
A statement from Angela Shelton's attorney says she did not commit a crime, but that she was stepping aside for her own health and for the well-being of her family. Phone calls to Shelton's attorney, Bryan Cook, have not been returned.
An investigation began last month after hundreds of emails with PDF attachments that were letters to Republican party officials were traced to the computer of Shelton's chief deputy, Thomas Morgan. The emails were sent simultaneously, bringing Madison County's email system to a near halt for roughly six hours. Morgan also resigned this week.
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings says Shelton's resignation was part of an agreement in which she would not face criminal prosecution. Cummings says county commissioners agreed to the deal as well, as it was the commission who asked Cummings to investigate Shelton's office following the email fiasco.
The attachment to the email was a letter to Republican precinct committeemen or vice-committement praising Madison County's Republican officials for balancing the county's budget. The letter was signed by Shelton, which could have been interpreted as a violation of a ban on using county-owned property for political campaigns.
Shelton says she did nothing wrong. In her resignation letter, provided by her attorney, she accuses some of making "false statements" about her. Cook described her situation to that of "a prized steer being inaccurately branded," and compared Shelton to "Little Red Riding Hood" taking "a midnight stroll in a dark woods occupied by a hungry pack of Big Bad Wolves."