The Judicial Qualifications Commission remains unfortunately busy. Today’s episode is from Camden County:
On Friday, the state Judicial Qualifications Commission accused (Camden County Probate Judge Shirley) Wise of ethics violations that include taking kickbacks, bribery and channeling marriages she is sworn to perform to local businesses instead.
The JQC filed charges with the Supreme Court of Georgia accusing Wise—who is set to replace the coastal county’s retiring probate judge—of nine separate violations of the state’s judicial ethics code.
The charges include: inducing a county employee to submit false invoices, which Wise then allegedly submitted for payment; receiving $5,500 in illegal kickbacks from a county vendor; ordering a county employee to forge the signature of the county’s chief probate judge, Martin Gillette on court documents; and improperly using county property in her campaign to replace Gillette.
Wise also refused to perform wedding ceremonies—one of the duties of a probate judge—instead referring brides and grooms to certain for-profit wedding chapels in the county…”
If that’s not enough excitement for you, the Daily report also offers you a tabloid twist. Wise was the judge who signed the marraige license for John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette before their 1996 Cumberland Island wedding.