Judicial Qualifications Strikes AGAIN!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
According to Staff Reporter Allyson M. Palmer of the Daily Report, the Judicial Qualifications Commission has filed a Formal Notice of Proceedings with the Georgia State Supreme Court against Twiggs County Kenneth E. Fowler, elected in 2004.
According to the Daily Report article:
“The notice charges Fowler with, among other things, shortchanging the rights of criminal defendants, collecting unauthorized fees and using inappropriate language in court. Fowler has 30 days to respond to the charges and may contest them in a JQC hearing”.… “The JQC charges that Fowler has told criminal defendants they had to prove their innocence and found defendants guilty without allowing them to hear evidence against them. It charges that Fowler hid from Twiggs County officials information about a bank account filled by the collection of unauthorized fees and used for various expenditures at Fowler’s discretion, although JQC Executive Director Cheryl F. Custer said the JQC is not alleging that Fowler has used the fees for his own personal gain. The filing also charges that in court Fowler suggested a female defendant had provided sexual favors to a state trooper and referred to African Americans appearing before him as “colored.”
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