Judge arrested at nightclub should be removed from bench, Georgia Supreme Court rules

Douglas County Probate Judge Christina Peterson was investigated for dozens of ethics charges.

Published: June 25, 2024 3:54pm

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Douglas County Probate Judge Christina Peterson should be removed from the bench following a recent nightclub arrest.

Peterson allegedly pushed an Atlanta police officer outside of the club, according to body cam footage.

Peterson was also investigated for dozens of ethics charges.

"In conclusion, in light of her multiple violations of the CJC rules in relation to several matters—some of them reflecting a flagrant disregard for the law, court rules, and judicial conduct rules; the pattern of violations that the Director proved by clear and convincing evidence; the extremely concerning nature of some of those violations, in particular with respect to the criminal contempt matter; and her behavior during the JQC inquiry, we conclude that removal is the appropriate sanction," the court ruled.

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