Ethics charges filed against Georgia judge accused of theft
GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s judicial watchdog agency has filed ethics charges with the state Supreme Court accusing a judge of pulling $15,000 from a court registry.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Judicial Qualifications Commission says state superior court judge Mack Crawford violated the code of judicial conduct. The commission says even if the money had been his, he failed to follow proper procedures required by attorneys.
In March, a Pike County court clerk told the district attorney Crawford asked for a check from the registry for funds pertaining to a 2002 case in which Crawford served as a private attorney.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the matter.
Crawford says he’s been forthcoming with investigators and doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong. He’s agreed to stop overseeing criminal cases on the Griffin Judicial Circuit during the investigation.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com