Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams has been charged with ethical misconduct by the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission. According to the Associated Press, the 12-count complaint accuses Williams of overstepping her authority “by jailing drug court defendants indefinitely if they missed court or relapsed.”
You may remember the word “indefinitely” from an earlier post about Judge Williams and her drug court.
The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission has the power to remove Judges from office. Here’s hoping.
UPDATE: Bill Rankin of the AJC has lots of details. Among them, this: “The commission’s complaint also questions whether Williams violated another judicial code of conduct that says judges should avoid nepotism and exercise impartiality. It notes that on a number of occasions Williams appointed her daughter to serve as a guardian ad litem in cases before her. She also signed an order prepared by her daughter-in-law in a case before her, the complaint said. She also presided over cases in cases defended by a lawyer who was a law partner with Williams’ son, and the two men rented space from Williams in a building she owns, the commission said.”
Wow. Go read the whole thing.
2nd UPDATE: Jim Walls at Atlanta Unfiltered has the actual complaint (pdf) and lists the instances of “tyrannical partiality” Williams is accused of. In case you were wondering, tyrannical partiality is a no-no.