Ga. Supreme Court fires pot-smoking, door-smashing judge

The state Supreme Court today ordered that a north Georgia magistrate be immediately and permanently removed from office, upholding a recommendation from the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

A just-issued summary of what the court said about Anthony Peters of Catoosa County includes this:

Today’s seven-page opinion details the findings of the commission’s investigation, which include Peters’ weekly use of marijuana during a two-month period in 2010, an incident in which he kicked in the doors at the house of his sister-in-law’s estranged husband, another time when he pointed a gun at himself and told another judge he was not afraid to die, and his appearance in 2010 on a local cable television show in which he called the chief magistrate judge “spineless” and revealed the identity of a confidential informant of the Catoosa County Sheriff’s office. The next day, while the sheriff was being interviewed on a TV talk show, Peters called in and, disguising his voice with various foreign accents, called the sheriff a “spineless jelly spine.”

Peters’ conduct violates the Code of Judicial Conduct, the opinion says, and under the Georgia Constitution of 1983, “[a]ny judge may be removed, suspended, or otherwise disciplined for willful misconduct in office,…or for conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice which brings the judicial office into disrepute.”

Peters admitted much of the misconduct at a hearing in April before the Judicial Qualifications Commission but said he felt he’d been disciplined “enough” by having been placed on paid administrative leave since June 16, 2010.

“Notwithstanding Judge Peters’ personal belief that he has already received appropriate discipline, the record reveals that Judge Peters has not sought treatment for his admitted drug problems and has done nothing to show that he has any ability to live up to the high standard of conduct expected of members of the judiciary in Georgia,” the opinion says.

“Instead, he spent his time while on administrative leave publicly disparaging the Chief Magistrate Judge and the Sheriff of Catoosa County and endangering the life of a confidential informant by exposing his identity. Such willful misconduct is clearly ‘prejudicial to the administration of justice [and] brings the judicial office into disrepute.’”

“The public deserves much more from its judicial officers,” today’s opinion says, “and those judicial officers who cannot give the public what it deserves – confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary – do not deserve to continue to hold judicial office.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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107 comments Add your comment

deegee

September 6th, 2011
8:25 am

Is anyone keeping a count of the number of judges that have quit or been forced out of their job since a judicial review board starting scrutinizing their behavior? Kinda makes you wonder who is running the asylum?

pay me

September 6th, 2011
8:29 am

crooked, corrupt police and judges in georgia—the system is out of control.

Alex

September 6th, 2011
8:29 am

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ByteMe

September 6th, 2011
8:34 am

he felt he’d been disciplined “enough” by having been placed on paid administrative leave since June 16, 2010

Can we get that money back now?

bigdawg

September 6th, 2011
8:37 am

Weed had nothing to do with this fool’s behavior! Dude has a lot more psychoses than marijuana could ever affect.

findog

September 6th, 2011
8:37 am

Best joke here in years, “live up to the high standard of conduct expected of members of the [enter public office] in Georgia,”

sansho1

September 6th, 2011
8:39 am

Pot didn’t make him do all those things — being an a#%@ole made him do those things. Smoking pot was the least of his problems.

RAMZAD

September 6th, 2011
8:39 am

I could swear that the judges and the police were in bed together- particularly in Cobb County.

jerry

September 6th, 2011
8:41 am

and let’s don’t forget the politicians. I wouldn’t trust one if Jesus Christ himself said he was honest.

Toby

September 6th, 2011
8:42 am

Punishing the guy for using cannabis is highly unethical, but the other stuff sounds punishable… the guy is, pretty clearly, sort of deranged.

SolowShine

September 6th, 2011
8:42 am

That damn fool NEEDED to smoke the weed. If he was high, he would be to relaxed or paranoid to want to do anything else. Either that or he would think EVERYTHING was funny and would not exhibit any acts of violence. He was on meth……that’s right, I said it. Now I understand why so many people get locked up and do time for traffic violations while the rapists, drug abusers and dealers are set free…….it’s because of Georgia’s Ass Backward justice system……and most of them are on some form of drug.

Pedro

September 6th, 2011
8:44 am

Long overdue, he snitched on a snitch, and should not only be fired permanently, but should have to defend himself in a court of law for his other actions mentioned.

art

September 6th, 2011
8:45 am

Interesting. They get rid of this buffoon because he actually did in public what every single judge and attorney, and elected official in this state (and others) do in private, i.e., use illegal drugs, disparage others and act like the narcissistic idiots they are. Moral of the story: Don’t publicize your shortcomings.

BRW

September 6th, 2011
8:50 am

Mandatory drug testing for all judges and law enforcement, period. Every time they rule on a case or make an arrest. If it’s good enough for people receiving a govt. benefit, as the TeeTee Partiers would require, then it’s good enough for the people who enforce it.

Steven

September 6th, 2011
8:53 am

The judges were untoucable before the review board came, they ought to have one to review sheriffs too and start in Clayton County.

Ben

September 6th, 2011
8:54 am

Let ‘em use drugs, who cares? It’s his behavior and outbursts that are the problem, not the pot. If he smoked pot, but didn’t make inane actions, then the pot would be a non-issue.

Rick Day

September 6th, 2011
8:58 am

Drug problem? What drug problem? Seems to me like, in his case, the good (ex) judge should be a tokin’ that reefer even more. Melllllloooowwwwww…..

“Calm down, Bevis!”

Ronin

September 6th, 2011
8:59 am

@BRW, yep… and all those on state and federal assistance. You’re either drug free or no check.

Rick Day

September 6th, 2011
9:00 am

And for those stakeholders in drug testing companies calling for mandatory drug tests for *insert demonized demographic here*: Since you don’t mind me searching your bladder, mind if I search your bedroom? After all, if you have nothing to hide…?

*shrugs*

Barney Strickland

September 6th, 2011
9:06 am

Judge Kenneth Owen Nix of Cobb county was one of the worst !! He was nothing but a drunken bum !! He was convicted of DUI and got the “insider’s” lenient treatment from his fellow Superior court judge- it’s all on public record ! He was the longest serving elected official in Cobb county until he tried playing grab azz with some of the help. Finally, that mistake and an act of congress forced him to resign! Cobb county is so fortunate this drunken, bitter hack! And to imagine, these bums pass judgement on the rest of us…. I say their punishment should be comparitively greater than the general public …. they should be held to a greater standard of reproach!!

smellsorange

September 6th, 2011
9:10 am

don’t blame the drug. Blame the person.
like..
…. Guns don’t kill people.. People kill people

BRW

September 6th, 2011
9:11 am

Ronin, Sorry you did not recognize the sarcasm on my part. Any idea how high you’ll have to raise taxes to PAY for all those drug tests? But no new taxes, correct? And would that not be just another BIG government function you want to be rid of? Concequences dude…..

Politi Cal

September 6th, 2011
9:12 am

Dang Barney, did you have bad night?

gf

September 6th, 2011
9:12 am

typical god complex with these judges

TIM

September 6th, 2011
9:14 am

I think Deal is smokin too……….

USMC

September 6th, 2011
9:17 am

“Ga. Supreme Court fires pot-smoking, door-smashing judge:–JIM GALLOWAY

Horrible Title for this article JIM. Not surprised you LIBERAL HACK.

Not Disappointed!

September 6th, 2011
9:18 am

Puff Puff Past Judge!!!

Seriously, this guy should’ve been removed much sooner!

Malika

September 6th, 2011
9:22 am

I agree with the people that say that dude was on some other ish to be acting like that. Meth, coke, maybe even bipolar, but it damned sure wasn’t weed that made him act that way.

Me

September 6th, 2011
9:25 am

I once knew a guy who got caught in Cartersville back in the 90’s with $100,000 in cash, and loads of drugs, and weapons. $8,000 made it to the police station, half of the drugs were gone, and the weapons disappeared, and there were no weapons charges. I suspect this is common nowadays.

David

September 6th, 2011
9:25 am

He had to smoking that garbage from Mexico, and should have gotten that good stuff from California!

Malika

September 6th, 2011
9:30 am

@Me, I’m not saying that those cops were right. But when you’ve got a mortgage… Let’s just say I understand.

ConservativeChristian

September 6th, 2011
9:31 am

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.
If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let’s put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let’s let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

NoDeal

September 6th, 2011
9:31 am

Jerry….we’d have to ask you to submit to a drug test if you believe in fairy tales like Jesus.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 6th, 2011
9:32 am

Let’s see now…Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 (Viz. “The New Pearl Harbor,” Griffin, Ph.D.), everybody with an I.Q. over room temperature knows it, including then-Senator Obama in “Audacity of Hope,” and no judicial action has been taken against them for their transparent treason.

Just what “character” is required of sitting judges to “go along” with the “status quo?”

ConservativeChristian

September 6th, 2011
9:32 am

Here’s one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/2011/07/the-pot-republic-one-sheriffs-quietly-radical-experiment.html

ND

September 6th, 2011
9:34 am

Typical irresponsible media trying to link his deviant behavior with smoking weed, which made him do none of that.

Lexi

September 6th, 2011
9:35 am

Toby:

Punishing a sitting judge for smoking pot is “highly unethical”? Last time I looked, possession and consumption of the drug was illegal. And, since when do judges get to select the laws they will obey? They are not, after all, the POTUS.

CADMAN1

September 6th, 2011
9:39 am

[...] An excerpt of the Supremes’ statement from Jim Galloway: [...]

CADMAN1

September 6th, 2011
9:39 am

Snafu

September 6th, 2011
9:40 am

But people you forget that these judges many who have not tried a case in their lives are the ones sitting up on the bench judging others and sending people to jail for the very same thing they are doing. Now that is the main problem with many of these judges who have been on the bench too damn long. They think they are above the law. Why did he not go to jail? There are ppl in jail for not pay a traffic ticket yet this judge just loses his job no charges..For Real!

Parade of Knuckleheads

September 6th, 2011
9:44 am

wisdom, moderation, JUSTICE ?

Gracie

September 6th, 2011
9:48 am

Now its time to charge him with a crime, convict this parasite, and send his butt to jail. He needs to be held accountable just like every other crook, and being a former judge doesn’t make special.

In fact, he needs to serve more time than the average perp because he was the one handing out sentences and should be held to a higher standard.

Good bye, good ridden, and not good luck……..

Chuck Allison

September 6th, 2011
9:50 am

I wish that Soto Mayer and Nancy Keagan had this kind of review of their past behaviours. I am thankful that someone is pruning the nutcases out of our judicial ranks.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 6th, 2011
9:52 am

Time for the sovereign People to issue “Quo Warranto” to the judiciary unwilling to bring Bush and Cheney to justice.

“Justice” flows “down” on the citizenry, but not “up” to the ruling false elite.

Our Founder, Mr. Jefferson, correctly identified it as “the real Anti-Christ.”

Any idea why twin Fasces, the most anti-American symbol of all, were nailed to the front wall of the U.S. House of Representatives after the “Civil” War? Or why Roman Catholics now run Congress at the behest of the corrupt rich?

Any true Southerners or Americans out there?

Support Your Own Habit

September 6th, 2011
9:57 am

Hey BRW stated “Any idea how high you’ll have to raise taxes to PAY for all those drug tests? ”

Sure, I bet there would be a lot of money left over from those who wouldn’t qualify for assistance because they fail the test, money problem solved, no new taxes!

If you can afford drugs why do you need any public assistance? If people want to do drugs that is their business, I just don’t want to support their habit.

George Johnson

September 6th, 2011
9:59 am

Now if we could only get rid of the other crappy judges out there.
There are WAY too many of them that think they have become GOD instead of just a judge. But the problem is, how do you get one psycho judge, to admit another is psycho!?
Plus the most of them just end up with a slap on the wrist anyway. Think about it, we as “little people” would get fired for doing 99% of the same things they do. Yet they get away with it all the time. It’s insane, they’re out of touch, arrogant etc…. (and no, not all of them, but a lot of them are, it just come with being all powerful)

Michael

September 6th, 2011
10:03 am

Complaining is easy. Governing is hard.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 6th, 2011
10:05 am

Our judiciary has become but one more buffer caste enabling fascist plutocracy.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 6th, 2011
10:06 am

Governing is “hard” when the King of America “reigneth in Heaven above?”

The DC Quake was a warning shot.

Truth and Justice must rule, alone.

Bush and Cheney must hang.

G-d is not mocked.