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More Time For Judge To Answer Ethics Charges

A powerful south Georgia judge who is facing misconduct allegations has more time to respond to ethics violations.

The Brunswick News reported Friday that the Judicial Qualifications Commission gave Brunswick Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams until Jan. 11 to answer the charges. The initial deadline was Friday.

The agency in November accused the judge of 12 violations. It said Williams ordered drug court defendants to be jailed indefinitely and once sent a defendant to jail because he used the term "baby momma."

The JQC filed two new charges earlier this week.

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.

Her attorney John Ossick has previously declined to address any of the specific allegations and said the judge would fight the charges.

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