Since early 2008, at least 16 Georgia judges have resigned or been removed
from office either under a cloud of suspicion or after being publicly
accused of misconduct. Among them are:
● Clinch County Superior Court Judge Brooks Blitch, who resigned after being
accused of overseeing illegal payments to employees and ordering the early
release of inmates.
● Woodstock and Marietta municipal Judge Diane Busch, who resigned after being
charged with furnishing alcohol to teenagers, stemming from a Christmas
party at her home.
● Fayette County Superior Court Judge Johnnie Caldwell, who resigned after
being accused of making rude, sexually suggestive comments to an attorney.
● Superior Court Judge James Cornwell Jr. of the Mountain Judicial Circuit,
who resigned after allegations he went to Las Vegas with a woman whose
divorce he signed; took his underage son to a strip club; and waited three
hours before reporting he wrecked his SUV.
● Fayette County Chief Superior Court Judge Paschal English, who resigned 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.
● Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler, who was removed for requiring
criminal defendants to prove their innocence and having defendants “buy out”
of their community service by making deposits into a bank account he
● Cobb County Chief Superior Court Judge Kenneth Nix, who resigned after being
accused by a county prosecutor and investigator of inappropriately touching
● Chattooga County State Court Judge Carlton Vines, who resigned after being
indicted for voter fraud. He already had been suspended after a DUI arrest.
● Chief Superior Court Judge Ernest “Bucky” Woods of the Mountain Judicial
Circuit, who resigned after being accused of contacting a female criminal
defendant through Facebook.
A Lawrenceville pastor wants his congregation to know the good news about the Gospel of Mark. Dean Sweetman, senior pastor of the C3 Church, has challenged his members and anyone else interested to read the New Testament book in its entirety over the next year and post Instagram photos of their notes.