Su­pe­rior Court judge charged with mis­con­duct

Judge ac­cused of im­prop­erly re­leas­ing felons

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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