Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has appointed the director of Georgia's beleaguered public defender system as a Superior Court judge on the Griffin Judicial Circuit.
The governor appointed Mack Crawford to the bench on Wednesday. Crawford was a member of the Georgia House before he was named the director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council.
The council has suffered from lagging financial support from lawmakers and a flurry of lawsuits from civil rights groups who say the statewide network is failing its mission.