Six Georgia judges have quit or retired this year after they found out the state’s judicial watchdog was investigating them. Another faces nine counts of misconduct. The uptick in Georgia mirrors a national trend, according to some experts.
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.
A veteran judge is stepping down from the bench amid a state investigation into alleged judicial misconduct. Ocmulgee Circuit Superior Court Judge John Lee Parrott submitted his retirement letter to Gov. Nathan Deal on Saturday.
A powerful south Georgia judge who is facing misconduct allegations has more time to respond to ethics violations. the Judicial Qualifications Commission gave Brunswick Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams until Jan. 11 to answer the charges.
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.