JQC Chair resigns over 1st Amendment Controversy

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:

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.

 

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The Commission performed well with her as Chair. The matter of impending changes to the JQC may’ve been a small factor in the resignation, apart from the matter that ostensibly instigated the resignation.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I wish to retract the comment above, not a first though I don’t away indicate it. I made it because of the importance of innocent until proven guilty, and considering the totality of circumstances. I had forgotten that Judge Weaver had been JQC chair since only April, hence she has no significant JQC Chair record. The Chair and Executive Director bailed since the Constitutional amendment if approved by voters would place the Commission under the control of the legislative and executive branches. Instead of seeking to fix what’s not broken, this is a Constitutional Amendment initiated to break what was… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“if approved by voters”…. what a joke. A low information electorate combined with typical lame wording virtually assures any amendment will pass. When is the last time a Constitutional Amendment didn’t pass? You’d think the wording of the amendment would be on the Georgia SoS website. Three of the five “Latest Elections New” items begin with the word “Kemp” ( http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/election ). Click the quick link “Proposed Constitutional Amendments” ( http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/proposed_constitutional_amendment ) on the right side of that page to be directed to a blank page. The Governor signed HR 1113 that included the wording over three months ago. It’s… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

i think there’s some relevancy, so it’s more of a tangent than a threadjack. but it’s always nice to see compound questions over complex issues. most ppl probly think: well, why doesn’t the Assembly already have that power? no thoughts of political independence.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, she just found more time to spend with Uncle Jed and Jethro down at the Cement Pond!

xdog
xdog

Pat, Weaver is still a judge. Better edit your last sentence before she comes after you.