Ethics cases against judge in open records dispute dismissed

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Posted: Sep 29, 2017 4:42 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Ethics complaints against a Georgia judge who was criticized for her involvement in the indictment and arrest of a journalist and his attorney in an open records dispute have been dismissed.

The Daily Report newspaper reports that the Judicial Qualifications Commission has dismissed complaints against Appalachian Circuit Chief Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver. An agency report says the investigation found "no grounds" for discipline.

Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and attorney Russell Stookey were indicted in June 2016. The charges were later dropped. The case stemmed from a legal battle with a court reporter over the release of an audio recording and the payment of the court reporter's legal bills from a court account.

The complaints were filed by Thomason, Stookey, Fannin County attorney Lynn Doss and the Georgia Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Information from: the Fulton County Daily Report, http://www.dailyreportonline.com