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6 on governor's short list for 2 vacant Fayette judgeships

Six local judges and attorneys have made the final list of nominees for the two Superior Court vacancies in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette County. The judges on the list are

Fayette State Court Judge Fletcher Sams, Griffin Circuit Juvenile Court Judge Ben J. Miller Jr. and Fayette County Magistrate Robert A. Ruppenthal.

Attorneys on the list include Robert "Mack" Crawford, director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, Carla W. McMillian, a partner in the Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan law firm and sole practitioner James R. Westbury.

The final selections for the two vacancies will be filled by appointment of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The vacancies on the court were created by the sudden resignations more than a month ago of Chief Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. and Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. Caldwell soon after admitted that he made inappropriate remarks to female attorneys and it was recently revealed that English had been involved in an affair with a defense attorney from the Fayette County Public Defender's office.



AnonRegisteredVoter's picture

""""Robert "Mack" Crawford, director of the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council""""""

I would be interested to know when he found out about the cornwell/english mess.

Crawford is a former member of the Georgia Assembly. Wow. How un-original.

Sams and Miller . . . need I say more?

The bottom line is that we are probably going to get more of the same GOBN we have been getting for decades.

Second verse same as the first.

lawyers put their name in the hat. One of the worst was a guy named Dan Hiatt. Used to be a ADA here but got ran off by Scott Ballard. The guy used to fall asleep while police would be explaining their cases to him. Also heard he got up and testified for the DEFENSE in a murder trial beccause of his sour grapes towards Ballard. Then his own secretary had to get up and testify against him and tell the jury he was lying. What a tool.

Also Judy Chidester put her name in. They say this wacko lady lawyer passes out (literally) whenever she's told a case of hers may go to trial. She was the one seen on TV alot hugging the girl that killed her grandmother

As a legal sec. in Fayette County, I have been listening and watching the nominations. My boss and the firm was shocked on Friday when one atty. was so overlooked. Phil Coe is not only one of the best in the Sixth District, but well respected and qualified. He is a Harvard law grad, has a AV 5 of 5 rating (a rating done by peer attorneys). Few of the attorneys on the list even received ratings and the one that did is only 4.4 of 5 with a BV rating. Mr. Coe has a degree from Emory University at Chandler School of Theology. He has done more jury, appeal, arbitrations, mediaitons than most all of the short list combined. He has handled cases for so many attorneys that "are out of their area of expertise" (including some on the short list). Shame that we were not given anb opportunity to have a truly scholarly jurist with unquestionable ethics and morals. We are thinking it is all about politics still.

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