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Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 7:51am

Top Court Removes Judge

The state Supreme Court has ordered that Catoosa County Magistrate Court Judge Anthony Peters be permanently removed from office.

The court issued a unanimous opinion on Tuesday saying it agrees with the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission and ordered Peters removed from the bench and barred from ever holding judicial office in Georgia.

The opinion details the commission's findings, which include Peters' weekly use of marijuana during a two-month period in 2010 and a time when he pointed a gun at himself and told another judge he was not afraid to die.

Peters said during an April hearing that the violations took place during a "rough patch" in his life but that he had cleaned up his act. His attorney cited prescription drug abuse after an accident.