And some of these judges are criminally prosecuted - even though they are criminally prosecuted not by state prosecutors (who would prosecute the judiciary that "regulates" your own law license?). Usually, it is the feds who prosecute state judges for anything, and then judges do not usually get prison time, or much prison time (with the exception of the major scandal in Pennsylvania in Kids for Cash and in Chicago in the Greylord cases).
Judge Cochran is not a member of Georgia State bar, even though I found no record of his disbarment.
Former Judge Williams remains a member of Georgia State Bar in good standing with no record of public discipline.
Do you know of any other such "agreements" where a defendant can go free by simply agreeing to be a good boy/girl and not do something again? And absolved of a prosecution for a potential past felony?
I tend to side with Judge Cynthia Becker (imagine me supporting a Judge Becker - surreal) in this case - not about her alleged "lying" to the judicial qualification commission, but about her right as a judge, not to "honor" (accept" an agreement of probation for a corrupt public official.
When a criminal defendant pleas guilty, the sentencing authority still remains with the judge, and if the judge does not agree to the sentencing that prosecution "agreed upon" with the defendant, the case simply has to go to trial.
Since the case in question that Judge Cynthia Becker was burned for involved public corruption, Judge Cynthia Becker was in her own right to not accept the plea deal.
Judge Cynthia Becker sentenced the corrupt public official to a year in jail and refused him bond pending motions.
Of course, a criminal defendant was entitled to make a motion to withdraw the plea of guilty if he entered it based on promised probation while he got jail time. Yet, the judge does not have to "honor" agreements as to sentencing between the criminal defendant and prosecution, and does not have to agree to bonds pending such motions to vacate a plea.
It was wrong for Judge Cynthia Becker to misstate that the defendant never asked for bond, but whether the defendant did or did not ask for bond, it was Judge Cynthia Becker's authority to deny it.
For sticking to her authority and principles, Judge Cynthia Becker was forced to resign from her judicial position, and, through intimidation by prosecutors (clearly in retaliation for her not "honoring" the prosecution's deal with a corrupt public official) she now agreed not to seek judicial office. So, as part of the sweep against bad judges, a good judge was thrown out, too.
Another Georgian judge, Paschal English, resigned amid revelations that he had an affair, involving intimate relations in a parked car, with a public defender who had cases in front of him.
The scandal forced retrial of old cases, the judge's misconduct caused at least 5 re-trials.
Judge Johnie Caldwell Jr. resigned in 2010 after accusations "he made rude, sexually suggestive comments to a female attorney".
As bad as making rude and sexually suggestive comments to a female attorney is, judges usually are not forced to resign over such conduct.
And, there are issues in my mind as to this judge though, whether Judge Caldwell's was forced to resign in connection with his sentencing of a county employee for sexual battery that happened two days prior to his resignation.
Two years after his resignation, that particular judge won a seat in the State House and is now a legislator in the State of Georgia.
Judge Frank R. Cox resigned in 2015 "citing undisclosed health issues".
Yet, according to a transcript "widely circulated in legal circles", Judge Cox "aggressively questioned an alleged victim of domestic abuse about her heritage and why she wasn’t married to a man with whom she has four children", which prompted two attorneys to file complaint against him with disciplinary authorities, shortly before his resignation.
And, of course, Pullen was not forced to resign. The only person who asked him to resign, according to Pullen, was Mrs. Pullen.
It is us who are too timid to complain loudly enough and publicly enough who allow this kind of misbehavior to continue happening for years and decades.