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A Clayton County judge ordered the state Department of Corrections Wednesday to turn over records tied to the probation case of a former security chief for Clayton County schools.

Superior Court Judge Matthew O. Simmons told assistant attorney General Mindy Park, who represents the corrections department, he wanted documents involving John Taylor Walker Jr’s early probation release in his office within a week. Probation is a division of the Department of Corrections.

The order was handed down at a Wednesday hearing in which Walker’s attorney, Wayne Kendall, asked the court to allow his client access to records that show Simmons signed off on an early termination of Walker’s probation in the summer of 2013.

In 2011, Simmons sentenced Walker to five years probation and to pay a $750 fine after Walker pleaded guilty to trying to bribe a magistrate judge. Walker left his job as the school district’s top security czar shortly after he was sentenced.

“I have no recollection if I did or did not sign the order (for probation revocation),” Simmons said during Wednesday’s hearing.