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