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Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 3:45am

Judges Watchdog Commission Nearly Out Of Money

An agency charged with investigating judicial misconduct may be unable to pursue cases against some judges because it is nearly out of money.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission has just $1,600 left for investigations and prosecutions through the fiscal year ending June 30.

Executive Director Jeff Davis would not tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution which judges are under investigation for misconduct, citing agency rules. If charges cannot be filed, those judges will remain on the bench.

Davis said the agency is asking state lawmakers for $50,000 in emergency funding.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Wendell Willard said the agency has done well with limited resources. But he said the state is in an extremely difficult financial situation.