Amanda Williams Cleared of Felony Charges

Remember Amanda Williams?

She’s the former Chief Judge of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, but most Georgians beyond the Golden Isles learned of her existence along with the rest of the country when This American Life devoted an episode to her in early 2011. By November of that year, the JQC was involved; according to the Fulton County Daily Report:

Among other things, the charges accused Williams of rude, abusive and insulting language to defendants in drug court, giving favorable treatment in court to her daughter, a lawyer, and sentencing a man to two weeks in jail for challenging the results of a drug test. She was also accused of revoking a woman’s custody of her children without a hearing.

In January 2012, she stepped down, ending the JQC investigation.

In 2015, she was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury for making false statements and violating her oath of office, and faced a possible prison sentence and disbarment. Last Thursday, those charges were dropped.

Williams is currently practicing law in Brunswick.

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