A former Georgia Superior Court judge once accused of fixing cases and making illegal payments to courthouse employees has been reinstated to the state bar. The Georgia Supreme Court said in a July 1 order that 78-year-old Brooks E. Blitch III of Homerville can return to practicing law since his criminal conviction was thrown out last year.
Former state court judge Brooks Blitch III and former federal judge Jack Camp were among several judges who stained the image of the Georgia judiciary in recent years. The Georgia Supreme Court now has revoked Blitch's license to practice law and accepted Camp's voluntary surrender of his license.
The number of Georgia judges who have resigned under clouds of scandal is mounting. After two Atlanta-area judges stepped down this month, a total of sixteen Georgia judges have left their benches in the past two-years amidst controversy and suspicion. Some of the cases involve sexual improprieties, voter fraud and a gross ignorance of the law.