Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Georgia judge removed for violating ethics rules

The Georgia Supreme Court has removed a Twiggs County probate judge from office and barred him from ever serving as a judge again, reports the Fulton County Daily Report.

Twiggs County probate judge Kenneth Fowler was removed from the bench following a report recommending such action by the state's Judicial Qualifications Committee.  Like many probate judges in smaller Georgia counties, judge Fowler was not required to hold a law license or to have graduated from law school.

Among the misconduct cited by the Supreme Court in its order removing the judge was that he had "admitted at the [] hearing that he had improperly shifted the burden of proof to defendants by stating that they had to prove their innocence."

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