9:02 a.m. Sunday, August 22, 2010
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Since early 2008, at least 16 Georgia judges have
resigned or been removed from office either under a cloud of
suspicion or after being publicly accused of misconduct. Among
● Clinch County Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch, who resigned
after being accused of overseeing illegal payments to employees
and ordering the early release of inmates.
● Woodstock and Marietta municipal Judge Diane Busch, who
resigned after being charged with furnishing alcohol to
teenagers, stemming from a Christmas party at her home.
● Fayette County Superior Court Judge Johnnie Caldwell, who
resigned after being accused of making rude, sexually suggestive
comments to an attorney.
● Superior Court Judge James Cornwell Jr. of the Mountain
Judicial Circuit, who resigned after allegations he went to Las
Vegas with a woman whose divorce he signed; took his underage
son to a strip club; and waited three hours before reporting he
wrecked his SUV.
● Fayette County Chief Superior Court Judge Paschal English, who
resigned amid disclosures he was having an affair with a public
defender assigned to his court. A deputy found them having sex
in a parked car.
● Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler, who was removed
for requiring criminal defendants to prove their innocence and
having defendants “buy out” of their community service by making
deposits into a bank account he controlled.
● Cobb County Chief Superior Court Judge Kenneth Nix, who
resigned after being accused by a county prosecutor and
investigator of inappropriately touching their bottoms.
● Chattooga County State Court Judge Carlton Vines, who resigned
after being indicted for voter fraud. He already had been
suspended after a DUI arrest.
● Chief Superior Court Judge Ernest “Bucky” Woods of the
Mountain Judicial Circuit, who resigned after being accused of
contacting a female criminal defendant through Facebook.
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