Judge resigned to avoid ethics charges

Former Cobb County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Nix retired early as part of a deal to avoid ethics charges by the Judicial Qualifications Commission, according to paperwork filed this week with the Supreme Court of Georgia.

The paperwork clears up speculation about the judge's October retirement, which was shrouded in scandal. His departure followed an admission by the judge that he inappropriately touched the bottoms of a county prosecutor and investigator on Aug. 4 while posing with the two ladies for a photograph in his office.

Nix's letter of resignation to Gov. Sonny Perdue stated that he was retiring prior to the end of his term in 2012 "to allow more time for the orderly transition into the location of our new Superior Court Building." But the consent order filed Tuesday states that Nix agreed to retire and never seek judicial office again in exchange for the dismissal of any ethics charges.