Georgia Judge's Honest Services Penalty Thrown Out

Law360, Washington (February 16, 2012, 5:50 PM EST) -- A former Georgia judge will no longer have to serve a three-year probation term for allegedly reducing or eliminating sentences as favors to friends after a federal court found Wednesday that the charges against him fell outside the honest services doctrine outlined in a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson vacated former Judge Brooks E. Blitch III's penalty for purportedly reducing sentences and bonds and terminating probation terms as favors for friends. Blitch, the former chief superior judge of the Alapaha Judicial...
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