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Monday, December 3, 2012 - 3:22am

Sumter Judge Resigns

Updated: 2 years ago.
Sumter County State Court Judge Russ Barnes notified Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday of his decision to leave the bench. The Judicial Qualifications Commission said in a court filing Friday that it had been investigating allegations that Barnes misappropriated official funds. The commission did not offer further details. (Photo Courtesy of s_falkow via Flickr.)

A judge in Georgia has resigned amid an investigation into judicial misconduct.

Sumter County State Court Judge Russ Barnes notified Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday of his decision to leave the bench.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission said in a court filing Friday that it had been investigating allegations that Barnes misappropriated official funds. The commission did not offer further details. Barnes signed a consent order promising never to seek or accept judicial office in the future.

Barnes did not return a phone call seeking comment. He is the seventh Georgia judge to resign or retire this year while being investigated over misconduct allegations.

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