Originally created 07/23/98

Those state judge races 072398 - The Augusta Chronicle



Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Ed Johnson won his non-partisan primary outright, though fellow candidate Anne Elizabeth Barnes is in a run-off for another Appeals seat.

The heartbreaker for us on Tuesday was the loss by woefully underfunded conservative George Weaver to incumbent Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears. The challenger was also undercut by a cowardly, last-minute Judicial Qualifications Commsion decision enforcing a poorly-written rule restricting Weaver's First Amendment speech rights. In fact, it has been exposed that some commission members are Sears supporters who personally contributed, or their law firms donated, to the incumbent. No JQC member should be allowed to donate to any judgeship candidate!