The state Supreme Court has ordered a new hearing in a case heard by a judge who resigned in early May amid an ethics probe. Justices ruled former Coweta Chief Judge William Lee shouldn't have presided in a trial that pitted Savannah taxpayers against city contractors. The jury ordered the city to pay the contractors $17 million.
In the past few years, seven chief Superior Court judges have stepped down while facing allegations of misconduct. And judges in Georgia continue to resign in greater numbers as a result of judicial investigations.