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Paschal English is 2nd Griffin Circuit judge to resign abruptly
And the beat goes on … Paschal English, the chief Superior Court judge of the Griffin Judicial Circuit, resigned Friday as questions swirled about his handling of complaints against another judge in his circuit.
English, 65, typed out his resignation letter, dated April 23, saying “it is time for me and my family to concentrate on a different direction in our lives.”
The neatness of English’s resignation letter contrasts with the barely legible handwritten scrawl with which Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. tendered his resignation on Monday. Caldwell also signed a note agreeing to never hold judicial office again; it was not immediately known whether English had also done so.
Both judges were believed to be the subject of investigations by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission.
The commission does not disclose information about its cases unless formal charges are filed. The Fayetteville Citizen, however, reports that English took no action when a female attorney complained to him in 2008 that Caldwell made sexually inappropriate comments to her.
The attorney, Susan M. Brown, told the Citizen that English told her, “You just have to go talk to Judge Caldwell yourself.”
English told the Citizen this week that he had no knowledge of the JQC investigation of Caldwell or of anything he might have done to prompt an inquiry.
English and the two other Superior Court in the circuit have recused themselves in a divorce case that Caldwell had been handling and in which Brown represented one of the parties.
Brown told the Citizen that Caldwell made inappropriate comments toward her in 2007 and toward two of her female clients in 2008. The Citizen did not disclose Caldwell’s comments to Brown but described them as “risque” and “ribald.”
English is best known outside the judicial circuit for his appearance as a contestant on the CBS television show “Survivor.”
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