Georgia’s top judge has agreed to pay $3,100 in fines for violating state ethics laws.
Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears will pay the sum from her own wallet, not her campaign coffers, as part of a pair of consent orders approved by the state Ethics Commission on Thursday.
Sears was facing ethics complaints from her 2004 re-election campaign. They alleged that the state’s first female chief justice accepted contributions exceeding the state’s $5,000 legal limit, including one $20,000 donation from a law firm. Sears also acknowledged misreporting some campaign finance information as part of Thursday’s consent order.
Can’t we just get rid of judicial elections and go to an appointments system? Maybe an appointments system that requires re-appointment every, say, ten years or something?