Ga. Appeals Judge Suspended Amid Ethics Probe

By Rosie Manins (January 4, 2021, 2:33 PM EST) -- A retired judge was tapped Monday to fill in for a Georgia appeals judge who is temporarily suspended after being accused of dozens of ethics violations.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Christian A. Coomer faces 26 formal charges from the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission in relation to his conduct as a practicing attorney, state representative, judicial candidate and appellate judge. Senior Judge Herbert Phipps will immediately assume all the duties and responsibilities of Judge Coomer, who denies wrongdoing but has agreed to a voluntary suspension.

The commission said in a 60-page filing against Judge Coomer on Dec. 28 that he improperly...

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