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Georgia Judge Removed From Office For Judicial Misconduct


An Atlanta, Georgia, judge who was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer outside of a nightclub in Atlanta will be removed from office.

On Tuesday, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Douglas County Probate Judge Christina Peterson will be removed from the bench immediately.

In April the, the Judicial Qualifications Commission found Peterson guilty of “systemic incompetence” and called for her removal.

Here’s the video that led to her removal:

Fox News had these details to report:

An Atlanta judge, who was recently arrested for allegedly hitting a police officer outside an Atlanta nightclub, should be removed from office after an ongoing investigation into separate ethics charges, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

Douglas County Probate Judge Christina Peterson, 38, was removed from the bench effective Tuesday. The Georgia Supreme Court ruling comes after the Judicial Qualifications Commission found Peterson guilty of “systemic incompetence” and recommended her removal in April.

In one misconduct case, the court was troubled by Peterson’s decision to jail a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Thailand after the woman sought to amend her marriage license with the name of her real father.

Peterson ruled the woman was trying to defraud the court and sentenced her to a maximum of 20 days in jail, which could be reduced to two days if the woman paid a $500 fine. The woman paid the fine and was released after two days.

The panel, however, found that the woman was “in good faith trying to correct” what appeared to be “an innocent mistake borne out of ignorance rather than ill-intent,” according to the court documents.

Per AJC:

The metro Atlanta judge arrested outside a Buckhead nightclub after allegedly hitting a police officer has lost her job in response to 30 ethics charges brought by the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission.

Douglas County Probate Judge Christina Peterson, 38, has been fighting judicial misconduct allegations since she was elected to the bench in an uncontested November 2020 election. In late March, the JQC’s hearing panel recommended that Peterson be removed from office, citing her “systemic incompetence.”

The Georgia Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Peterson’s removal from the bench is warranted, saying some of her conduct “portrays to the public an image of a judge who believes she is above the law.”



 

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