Superior Court judge charged with misconduct
Judge accused of improperly releasing felons
SAVANNAH — Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III of Clinch County will face a hearing on charges of ethical misconduct by the state agency that has the power to remove Georgia judges from office.
The Judicial Qualifications Commission has tapped former Georgia Attorney Gen- eral Mike Bowers to prosecute its case against Blitch. The judge has hired former Gov. Roy Barnes to defend him.
Court papers filed by the commission accuse Blitch of ordering thousands of dollars in illegal payments to several county employees, as well as improperly ordering the early release of six imprisoned felons.
The 72- year- old Blitch is one of the most powerful politicians in rural Clinch County, where he has presided as a judge since 1980.