When you have to go, you have to go.
That’s what public defender Jan Hankins said she was telling Chief Judge Courtney Johnson in a DeKalb County Superior Court courtroom during a murder trial in June. But Johnson denied the urgent pleas, leading to an embarrassing accident, according to court filings and a deputy’s report.
The incident has prompted an ethics probe against the judge, who has now retained counsel to represent her. For a full account, please read our story on myAJC.com.