The Daily Report has learned of a deal whereby the sole candidate for a Paulding County Superior Court Judgeship would withdraw from the race after ethical concerns about the qualification process. Looks like the Judicial Qualifications Commission put its foot down.
Dallas attorney Elizabeth Osborne Williams was the only person to qualify to run against her father, Paulding County Superior Court Judge James Osborne, during qualifying week. Judge Osborne later announced he was withdrawing his candidacy, effectively leaving the seat to his daughter.
“…the judicial disciplinary agency has agreed not pursue ethics charges against Osborne or his daughter, Dallas attorney Elizabeth Osborne Williams. The JQC also would not seek to bar her from seeking another judicial post in the future, the sources said. The JQC acts as a watchdog with jurisdiction over both the state’s judges and judicial candidates. It has the power to remove a judge from the bench for ethical infractions, with the approval of the state Supreme Court.”
Friday afternoons are usually reserved for bad news. Not this time, though. Have a great weekend.