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Ex-Cobb judicial candidate disbarred
By JIM WALLS
Feb. 27, 2012 — A Marietta attorney who won 105,000 votes in a 2008 race for a Cobb County judgeship was disbarred today by the Georgia Supreme Court.
In a 10-page ruling, the court said Joan Palmer Davis failed to show up in court on behalf of a client who was seeking to terminate his child-support obligations, then tried to resign from the case without telling him. The disbarment order noted that Davis, who’d been licensed in Georgia since 1990, had been reprimanded twice previously for similar conduct.
Davis challenged incumbent Tain Kell in 2008 for a Cobb County Superior Court judgeship, finishing with 44.8 percent of the vote. In 2006 and 2010, she garnered less than 40 percent of the vote in losing races to Cobb Superior Court Judge George H. Kreeger.
The State Bar served Davis with its formal complaint that she violated a half-dozen bar rules on June 30, 2010, the same day that her campaign committee registered with the State Ethics Commission.