Jan. 29, 2010 — A system that allows non-lawyers to dispense justice in much of rural Georgia has become a central issue in the possible removal of Twiggs County Probate Judge Ken Fowler. The judge’s lawyer blamed Fowler’s mistakes on a lack of training. But former Attorney General Mike Bowers told the commission that Georgia cannot be “sympathetic for incompetence.”
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.