Douglas County Judge Eddie Barker this afternoon issued his final contempt order following Monday’s hearing over whether State Senator Curt Thompson should be found in contempt of court for providing false information about why he could not appear in court for a hearing on September 24th. From the order:
The Respondent offered excuses for his conduct that included his legislative obligations, problems with email, office staff member with health issues and confusion over whether Mr. Stuber had a warrant in Clayton County.
The Respondent further tried to explain that the reason he failed to give the Court the name of the Judge in DeKalb County was that he had the name of Judge George Johnson written down, but also realized Judge Courtney Johnson may have the case.
This excuse was nonsensical as there is no current DeKalb County Superior Court Judge named George Johnson. In any event, Respondent alleged he had just been in front of that Judge and should have been able to determine if the Judge was male or female. Yet, the failure to give the Judge’s name is clear evidence of the dishonesty of the Respondent. His continuance to adhere to that story is also evidence of a complete lack of remorse for his conduct.
The conduct of the Respondent as an officer of the Court in his representations to the Court, by telephone, email and in court, requires this Court to punish the Respondent accordingly. Failing to comply with the requirements ofU.S.C.R. 17.1 was a problem; however, the Respondent compounded that issue by being dishonest with the Court.
WHEREFORE, this Court finds the Respondent in Indirect Criminal Contempt of this Court beyond a reasonable doubt and as such, Orders the Respondent to serve ten (1 0) days in the Douglas County Jail.
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