Commissioner seeks to fix Oxendine insurance waiver Plant Vogtle reactors lack wetland credits Higher qualifying fees to fund judicial oversight? Judge orders APS to halt investigation Millions in fees could revert to local 911 centers N. Ga. inn once connected to politicians faces foreclosure
Former SCLC leader Rev. Raleigh Trammell indicted Female victim of Ga. electric chair to be honored Deal adds $106K to judicial oversight budget Better Business Bureau lists top scams of 2010
Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission got the bulk of a hefty budget cut restored for 2011, but it will lose its longtime director, former Rockdale County District Attorney Cheryl Fisher Custer. She declined comment on whether her departure is linked to criticism of her $82,560 salary for part-time work. “It’s just time to move on,” she said.
What may be Georgia’s busiest ethics agency is also its smallest. In July, it may get even smaller. With the tiniest of budgets, the Judicial Qualifications Commission makes ends meet by not paying its investigator and lawyers. Now, the Georgia House proposes whacking the JQC’s budget by more than one-third to just $176,000. Legislative leaders say it’s about getting their money’s worth from the commission’s part-time director. And, they say, it’s definitely not about the agency’s charges against a judge from House Speaker David Ralston’s hometown.
A middle Georgia judge belittled and argued with defendants, misstated points of law and improperly ordered jailers not to shorten inmates’ sentences for good behavior, witnesses told a judicial oversight panel in Atlanta today. Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler and his lawyer blamed much of the alleged misconduct on his lack of legal training. “When I first took office, I was just as lost as I could be,” Fowler testified.
Atlanta Municipal Judge Andrew Mickle drew a private reprimand from the state Judicial Qualifications Commission for a March 2008 DUI arrest. The terms of the punishment are sealed. Mickle refused to take a breath or blood test at the scene of his arrest, which could have cost him his driver’s license for a year or […]