A Southeast Georgia judge accused of misconduct is resigning. Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams ran the state's largest drug court but came under investigation for tyrannical behavior. The state's judicial watchdog agency accused the judge of jailing inmates indefinitely, giving preferential treatment and violating her oath of office.
The state's judicial watchdog agency has filed new charges against the judge who oversaw the state's largest drug court. The Judicial Qualifications Commission accuses Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams of showing favoritism and conflict of interest. One of her political opponents says, the new charges aren't surprising.
A South Georgia Superior Court court judge is publicly confronting accusations made by public radio's This American Life. Host Ira Glass broadcast a report last month saying, Brunswick Judge Amanda Williams hands out drug court sentences not-in-keeping with judicial norms.
Two new reports are casting doubt on the effectiveness of drug courts. Governor Nathan Deal wants more drug courts in Georgia. He says, they reduce costs by keeping non-violent offenders out of prison. But the reports suggest that that isn't always the case.