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Griffin Circuit judge agrees never to be a judge again
Griffin Circuit Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. agreed he would never be a judge again when he resigned this week.
Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office today released a handwritten note in which Caldwell wrote simply:
“I hereby agree to never seek or accept judicial office again.”
Caldwell wrote the note on his letterhead and labeled it a “consent order.” Beneath his signature, the note was accepted and dated April 19 by Richard Hyde, an investigator with the state Judicial Qualifications Commission.
The same day, Caldwell wrote and submitted a brief handwritten resignation addressed to Perdue.
The Griffin Daily News reported last night that a JQC investigator had met Tuesday with District Attorney Scott Ballard. The DA would not discuss the nature of the conversation.
The JQC, which investigates allegations of misconduct by the state’s judges, does not comment as a rule on specific cases. The agency previously has asked judges who resign while under investigation to agree not to serve as a judge again, and it has pursued charges publicly against jurists who chose not to do so.
Caldwell, 63, served as a Superior Court judge in the Griffin Circuit for 15 years and as district attorney for 13 years before that. His resignation letter said he wanted to spend time with his grandchildren.