A Georgia Chief Judge Steps Down

A George Chief Judge has announced he will step down amid an ethics probe.

According to ACP, the Chief Judge “was being investigated for allegedly engaging in improper communications with lawyers and entering orders in cases without notifying all parties and attorneys involved. He was also being investigated for assigning himself pending cases when he was otherwise disqualified….”

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When he retires May 1, William F. Lee Jr. will become the seventh chief Superior Court judge in Georgia to step down amid ethics investigations since 2010. The others:

Lynn Akeley-Alderman of the Enotah Judicial Circuit resigned in March while being investigated for allegedly engaging in an improper meeting  with a Forsyth County judge to promote the interests of a  methamphetamine trafficker.

David Barrett of the Enotah Judicial Circuit retired in March after he brandished a handgun in court to make a rhetorical point to an alleged sexual assault victim as she testified on the witness stand.

Amanda Williams of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit retired in January after being charged with behaving in a tyrannical manner and locking up some drug court defendants indefinitely.

Kenneth Nix of Cobb County resigned in October 2010 after being accused  by a county prosecutor and investigator of inappropriately touching  their bottoms.

Paschal English of the Griffin Judicial Circuit resigned in April 2010 amid disclosures he was having an affair with a public defender assigned to his court. A deputy found them having sex in a parked car.

Ernest “Bucky” Woods of the Mountain Judicial Circuit resigned in January 2010 after being accused of improperly contacting a female criminal defendant through Facebook.