Georgia judge under investigation

District attorney says north Georgia magistrate pre-signed warrants

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012 12:08 PM
Last updated 7:40 PM
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A prosecutor says a judicial watchdog agency is investigating a north Georgia judge for allegedly pre-signing warrants for law enforcement officials.

District Attorney Bert Poston said the Judicial Qualification Commission is investigating Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran of Murray County over the accusations. Public defender Mike McCarthy said he was aware of the investigation.

Police must explain to a judge why they believe a suspect likely committed a crime before getting a warrant. If a judge believes there is probable cause, he then signs the warrant, allowing the police to arrest the suspect.

Cochran attorney Christopher Townley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that if the public defender’s office thinks there were illegal warrants, they will be “greatly disappointed.”

Officials for the Judicial Qualifications Commission declined to comment.

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dstewartsr 08/11/12 - 04:15 pm
Just one?

Slackers. Actually, the judge has merely instituted a time-saving measure. The cops come to court, the cops lie, the judge issues a warrant. Just eliminating travel in the time of high gas prices.

palmetto1008 08/11/12 - 07:45 pm
There's more than a kernel of

There's more than a kernel of truth in your comment, dstewart

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 08/12/12 - 12:36 am
If you have info about judicial corruption in GA,

please go to the website or to the e-mail address for the FBI office in Atlanta( and send such info to the FBI.

Let's reintroduce Justice into our state's legal system. And into our state's public education system, for that matter.

Patty-P 08/12/12 - 07:16 pm
Plenty of judicial corruption

Plenty of judicial corruption in Georgia. Then people ask why so many people are incarcerated when they shouldn't be. How do people like that get there? Folks like us elect them most likely.

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