Robert “Mack” Crawford was named a Griffin Circuit Superior Court judge last week despite a blistering eight-page critique of his management of Georgia’s system of public defenders. Criminal defense attorney Stephen Bright wrote the Judicial Nominating Commission trying to block Crawford’s appointment, describing his three years as director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council as an “unmitigated disaster.”
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.
Griffin Circuit Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. agreed he would never be a judge again when he resigned this week. That generally happens when the state has launched an investigation of the judge’s conduct. DA Scott Ballard acknowledged that a state investigator met with him Tuesday.
Another one bites the dust: Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr., a Superior Court judge in Fayette and adjoining counties for 15 years, resigned today effective at the end of the week. Caldwell said he wanted “time to visit with my grandkids and maybe practice law.”