Grady County Judge Accused of Misconduct Learns His Fate

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

By: Kara Duffy
March 8, 2013

Grady County, GA- Grady County State Court Judge, William Bass Sr., found himself on the other side of the bench on Wednesday.

At an ethics hearing in Atlanta, the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission presented it's case against Bass, who was charged with 11 counts of misconduct back in December 2012.

Some of those allegations claimed Bass illegally conducted the bench trial of a defendant and discriminated against hispanic defendants in the courtroom.

At the proceeding, both sides reached a settlement in which Bass would accept a 60-day unpaid suspension and will receive a public reprimand,. Bass is also barred from seeking re-election at the end of his current term and is on probation until the end of that term as well.

Judge Bass said he was proud of the JQC and admired them for hearing all of the evidence before making an impartial decision. Bass said this past year has been very traumatic for him and his family, but he is confident he will become a better judge as a result.

As part of the settlement, the JQC will also monitor the situation to make sure Bass does not engage in any form of retaliation. If he does, he could face additional sanctions.

By: Kara Duffy

Grady County, GA- A judge in our area is facing another charge of misconduct.

The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission filed a formal complaint against Grady County State Court Judge William Bass, Sr. in December.

Bass was accused of 11 counts of misconduct, such as discrimination of defendants and improper use of fines.

On Monday, the JQC filed another charge against Bass, claiming he illegally conducted the bench trial of a defendant.

Bass has formally replied to the accusations against him saying he's not perfect, but that he didn't act corruptly or dishonestly.

Bass is scheduled to go on trial next month.

Grady County, GA- The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission has filed a 14 page formal complaint against Grady County State Judge J. William Bass, Sr. that could land him in hot water.

Bass is facing 11 counts of misconduct. Some of them claiming Bass issued improper fines to generate revenue for the county, discriminated against Hispanic defendants in the courtroom, that he was politicking from the bench during the 2012 election and that he used Facebook to offer legal advice to a friend.

Attorneys from both sides are speaking out. Michael Bowers who represents the Judicial Qualifications Commission said the formal complaint against Bass speaks for itself.

Bass's attorney, Christopher Townley, released a statement saying in part; "Some allegations are false, some are taken out of context, and some are simply making a mountain from a molehill."

Townley goes on to say, "Judge Bass does not plan to tuck his tail and quit because some people want another on the State Court Bench. Hopefully, the Judicial Qualifications Commission will authorize a neutral Special Master to try the allegations and allow the matter to be heard in Grady County, so that the citizens can see for themselves the full story."

Judge Bass has 30 days to respond in writing to the charges.

To review the formal complaint by the JQC go to: http://www.gajqc.com/news.cfm


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