Super Court Judge Brenda Weaver announced her resignation as Chair of the Judicial Qualification Commission in a message to fellow Commission board members today. Judge Weaver, under fire for her role in the issuing of an indictment against a Fannin County publisher and his attorney, told Commission members:
I sincerely appreciate the opportunity I was given to serve as a member and as the chairperson of this commission. The work of this commission is extremely important and nothing and no one should distract from its duties and responsibilities.
According to the AJC’s Bill Rankin,
Weaver made no mention of the controversy that’s engulfed her since the June 24 indictment against Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and his lawyer, Russell Stookey. This occurred after Thomason filed an Open Records Act request for copies of cashed checks that he described as being “illegally cashed.”
There will probably be more to come on this story given that a Federal Grand Jury issued a subpoena for public documents on how the judges in the Appalachian circuit spend public funds.