On Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 13WMAZ reported that a Washington County judge has been accused of violating his oath of office and will face a disciplinary hearing in June.

Robert Reeves, the chief judge in the Middle Judicial Circuit in Washington County, Georgia, is facing 58 counts of alleged wrongdoing according to a complaint filed against him in November 2022 by the director of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission. The complaint accuses Judge Reeves of “willful misconduct” and behaving in a manner that was both “intemperate” and “prejudicial.”

Specifically, the complaint alleges that Judge Reeves made inappropriate comments about defendants, law enforcement officers, and attorneys while presiding over cases in his courtroom. It also claims that he sexually harassed female lawyers through inappropriate verbal remarks and physical contact. In addition, Judge Reeves is accused of contacting other judges and attorneys regarding cases in his court in an improper manner, including asking another judge to reduce a traffic violation charge against an acquaintance.

The disciplinary hearing will take place from June 17-20, 2024 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Fulton County Judge Robert McBurney will oversee the four-day proceeding to determine what disciplinary actions, if any, should be taken against Judge Reeves.

While Judge Reeves acknowledged making some “jokes” and engaging in “friendly banter,” he denies the most serious allegations, such as sexual harassment. He unsuccessfully sought to have the complaint dismissed. A decision on the case is not expected until after the June hearing. If found guilty, penalties could range from a public reprimand to removal from the bench.

 

 

Source: 13WMAZ