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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 10:37am

Drug Court Judge Faces New Charges

The judge who oversaw the state's largest drug court is facing more charges in an ethics case against her.

The state's judicial watchdog agency is accusing Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams of showing favoritism and conflict of interest.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission has filed two new charges.

One accuses her of letting a man into drug court based on his family relationship with an attorney she favored.

Another accuses her of allowing an attorney representing her also to represent litigants in her court.

Glynn County lawyer Mary Helen Moses challenged Williams in last year's election and says the charges aren't surprising.

"I think that there were a lot of people who have believed for a long time that Judge Williams showed favoritism and now we have specific examples," Moses says. "Some of the examples that we raised during the campaign regarding nepotism, where she was appointing family members to positions and hearing cases from family members, are really the same kind of activity."

Williams' attorney didn't return calls for comment.

The judge now faces 14 ethics charges.

Many of them came to light in an investigation by public radio's This American Life.

She has stepped down from drug court while her case is pending before the state Judicial Qualifications Commission.


Judge Amanda Williams presided over drug court cases at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick. She now only hears civil cases while she's facing 14 ethics charges. (photo Glynn County)

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