GA Judge Didn’t Disclose Affair With Defender; Court Orders New Trials


The Georgia Court of Appeals has ordered new trials for five men convicted of serious crimes because their trial judge was having an undisclosed affair with defendants' public defender, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The ruling stems from revelations in 2010 that Paschal English, then the chief Superior Court judge in Fayette County, was having a romantic relationship with public defender Kimberly Cornwell.

English resigned amid an investigation by the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously said English violated the code of judicial conduct by not disclosing the affair and that the five defendants were tried before a judge whose impartiality was compromised.

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