Mann hasn't provided an explanation for the events leading to his arrest near Piedmont Park on May 6. He apologized for putting the county in an "unfavorable light" and said he will continue doing the job he was re-elected to in November.
The hearing Friday was Mann’s second appearance in court this week.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Eric Dunaway on Wednesday rejected Mann's effort to stop an investigation ordered by Gov. Nathan Deal. The governor could suspend Mann for up to 90 days, order an additional investigation by the GBI and request the DeKalb District Attorney initiate proceedings that could remove the sheriff from office.
Mann is serving a self-imposed one-week suspension this week. Mann issued the suspension for violating DeKalb Sheriff's Office policies for officer conduct.
Mann wrote in a memo to his employees last week that he’s not admitting guilt, saying the penalty was for damaging the public’s trust.
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