Supremes remove pot-smokin’, door-kickin’ judge
By JIM WALLS
A Northwest Georgia magistrate who regularly smoking marijuana and kicked in two doors at an in-law’s estranged husband’s house may never again serve as a judge in Georgia.
So says the state Supreme Court, which issued a 7-page opinion this morning that removed Catoosa County Magistrate Court Judge Anthony Peters for such erratic behavior.
And “erratic” is not the half of that, according to the opinion. The high court noted that an investigation found Peters:
- “inappropriately used his judicial office to advance the personal interests of a family member (in violation of Canon 24 of the Code of Judicial Conduct) by showing up at the house of his sister-in-law’s estranged husband, identifying himself as a Magistrate Judge, and then kicking in two interior doors at the man’s home to gain access to two bedrooms;
- violated Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct when, in the spring of 2009 in the Catoosa County Courthouse, he pointed a firearm at himself and indicated to another Magistrate Judge that he was not afraid to die by saying, “I am not scared. Are you all scared?”;
- violated Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct by appearing on a local cable television show called “Night Talk” on June 21, 2010, and (a) making derogatory remarks about the Chief Magistrate Judge and calling him “spineless,” (b) publicly disclosing that he had filed a complaint with the JQC against the Chief Magistrate Judge, and (c) displaying a photograph of an individual and identifying that individual by name as a confidential informant of the Catoosa County Sheriff’s office;
- violated Canon 2 of the Code of Judicial Conduct by making a phone call to a local cable television talk show on June 22, 2010, and, after initially trying to disguise his voice with multiple foreign accents while speaking with the Catoosa County Sheriff (who was being interviewed on the show), told the Sheriff that he had “crapped himself” and that the Sheriff was a “spineless jelly spine”;
- violated Canon 3(B)(1)9 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, and OCGA § 15-10-21,10 by refusing to work certain hours that had been specifically assigned to him by the Chief Magistrate Judge.”
Who knew you couldn’t do that stuff? A reminder of what the demon weed can do to you.