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SC bill would change magistrate selection

...change the process, which can result in a politician's selection of family friends and campaign donors for coveted magistrate judge spots, critics say.Sen. Lee Bright's joint resolution, S. 99, would allow voters to change the constitution...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2015-01-19/sc-bill-would-change-m
Probation advisory council investigates company, won't recommend policy

...provide probation and prohibit Smith from ever entering the field again. But council member James Thurman, Lee County magistrate judge, recommended referring the case to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, as the council has done in the past.The...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-17/probation-advisory-council-in
Case involving Goodale House transferred to State Court

...Georgia's oldest homes, has been sent to a higher court after the businessman questioned whether Richmond County Magistrate Judge H. Scott Allen could remain impartial in his case.State Court Solicitor Kellie McIntyre confirmed Monday that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-15/case-involving-goodale-house
Brother of Augusta man involved in steroid investigation denied bond

...of making terroristic threats, a crime for which magistrate judges generally set bond at the initial arraignment that...District Attorney Ashley Wright said Tuesday that the magistrate judges declined to set bond because there is a question of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-11-04/brother-augusta-man-in
Georgia father, daughter charged in infant starvation death on suicide watch

...The daughter's attorney, Charles Wrinkle, said his client was "similarly situated."Chief Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge Kristina Blum delayed the preliminary hearing but said she didn't have the proper training to decide who could...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-11-21/georgia-father-daughte
Many Georgia counties lack animal control services

...situations, Holton has looked to other means to remove animals from harm's way.On Wednesday, she went before Chief Magistrate Judge Sterling Wimberly to try to get possession of a pitbull mix whose owner had the dog tethered outside with two large...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-11/many-georgia-counties-lack-a
Who guards the guardians?

...confused with Augusta attorney Douglas Nelson ? was taken off his cases and even forced to resign as a part-time magistrate judge amid allegations of inappropriate contact with women in the divorce cases he was assigned.One woman interviewed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2014-12-14/who-guards-guardians
Federal judge who was arrested on domestic violence charges continues receiving $200,000 salary

...of the American Judicature Society at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.John Carroll, a former federal magistrate judge and dean of Cumberland Law School at Samford University, agreed.Each federal court circuit has a chief judge and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/2014-08-15/federal-judge-who-was-arrested-dome
Across the region

...pre-trial diversion program, which includes an alcohol and substance abuse assessment.Fulton County State Court Chief Magistrate Judge Stephanie Davis on Friday allowed Fuller, 55, to enter the program and ordered him to report back to the court...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-09-05/across-region
Roofer gets jail time in Columbia County for working without permits

...County.Hughes, 48, of Wrens, was brought before a magistrate judge in Columbia County on Wednesday on multiple violations...matter.On Wednesday, . Columbia County Associate Magistrate Judge J. Grady Blanchard found Hughes guilty of two violations...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-08-21/roofer-gets-jail-time-