JQC Dismisses all Claims against Judge Brenda Weaver

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“No evidence has been presented to show any violation of code of Judicial Ethics by Judge Weaver. Instead, the evidence appears to show a personal dislike of the Judge.”

Last week the Georgia Judicial Qualification Commission dismissed the complaint against Appalachian Judicial District Chief Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver. 

Judge Brenda Weaver

“The complaint of Thomason, Stookey, Doss and the GCSPJ are without any basis in law or fact. The complaints are nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to enlist the JQC in their fixation upon harming Judge Weaver. The JQC will have no further part in it. All complaints are hereby dismissed.”

The complaint was submitted to the JQC by Mark Thomason, former publisher of the Fannin Focus, his attorney Russell Stookey and Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss.

In the JQC conclusions they addressed the Georgia Chapters Society of Professionals Journalist complaint that Weaver mounted an attack on freedom of the press.

“Calling oneself a “journalist” and “reporter” should not be a cover for pursuing personal vendettas.”

Stookey and Thomason with the assistance of Fannin County Attorney Lynn Doss raised a complaint to the FBI to initiate an investigation.   

JQC, “The FBI investigated the allegations raised by Stookey and Thomason but found no wrongdoing.”

On June 15th Atlanta Attorney Gerry Weber, representing Russell Stookey and Mark Thomason, sent a demand letter and Ante Litem Notice to Judge Brenda Weaver, District Attorney B. Alison Sosebee and Pickens County Board of Commissioners.

Part of Weber’s summary of claim, “This case has already garnered national attention. It involves breathtaking abuse of power by a Judge, prosecutor, and law enforcement who manipulated the criminal justice system to wage a personal vendetta against a local newspaper publisher and his attorney.”

Weber’s claim for damages conclusion, “Further accounting for damages stemming from the emotional distress in false arrest and malicious prosecution and for the punitive damages due to egregiousness of the actions leading to the arrests, Stookey’s and Thomason’s damages exceed 1,000,000.”

How far will this case go considering the FBI and JQC have closed their investigation both dismissing the possible charge of wrongdoing.

Click to read “Fannin Focus Publisher Mark Thomason Arrested, Journalist or Vendetta?

 

Superior Court Judge Honorable Judge Roger Bradley Enjoys Retirement Celebration

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A celebration was held January 26th 2016 in honor of Superior Court Judge Roger Bradley’s retirement.  A large crowd of colleagues, friends, and family attended the gathering to honor Judge Bradley and wish him well on the next chapter of his life.    Chief Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver spoke of Judge Bradley’s career and presented him with a plaque.  Attorney George Weaver spoke at the gathering and reflected on the memories with the crowd.

Judge Bradley has shared with us about his plans to spend time with his family and do some traveling.  FYN would like to wish him well.

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Judge Roger Bradley announces retirement plans

Superior Court Judge Honorable Roger Bradley Set to Retire

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Superior Court Judge Honorable Roger Bradley has announced his retirement effective January 31st 2016.  Judge Bradley spoke with FYN earlier and expressed how much he will miss all the wonderful people he has had the opportunity to work with over the years.   However he is looking forward to visiting with family and has made some exciting travel plans.  Judge Bradley has released the following statement:

Judge Roger Bradley Announces Retirement

Let me take this opportunity to thank all of the voting constituents of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit for the confidence and trust in me to serve as your Superior Court Judge for the last fifteen years.

It has truly been a privilege to be a public servant to this circuit and to those litigants that have come in to court.

There is however a “season” for all things and now is the appropriate opportunity for me to take leave and to enjoy places and things that I have wanted to enjoy throughout my service as a Superior Court Judge.  Effective January 31, 2016 I will be retiring as a Superior Court Judge, however, it is not without regrets because of the friends I will miss, however, as best said by my bailiff who also recently  retired because of family health issues,  he stated “I don’t like long good byes”.

That fits very well here but I do want to thank again all of the voting constituents for their confidence and trust throughout this past fifteen years of service.

Roger Bradley

There will be a retirement celebration for Judge Bradley on Tuesday, January 26th 2016 in the Jury Assembly Room in the Gilmer County Courthouse between 4 and 6 pm.

The retirement announcement from Judge Bradley coupled with the recent appointment of Superior Court Judge Amanda Mercier to the Georgia Court of Appeals will leave two vacancies on the Appalachian Judicial Circuit.  Governor Nathan Deal will make appointments to fill the vacancies on the bench.  This may make for a very interesting election season.  Always go to FetchYourNews.com for the most recent election coverage. Click on Election 2016 for up to date information.

 

 

Local DA is Leading the Way – Sosebee Presents Weapons of Mass Destructions

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Some technology has been around forever while smart phones are relatively new.   The majority of kids have one and are responsible users however kids are kids and our greatest investment and resource.  Recently it came to our attention how fast times have changed and some misuse with smart phones.  Most kids have cell phones or internet access on a daily basis.  There is good and bad and like anything, sometimes it is all in how it is used.  The issues facing children change from year to year and how people are equipped to handle the change can make all the difference.  This is where our local District Attorney of the Appalachian Judicial Circuit B. Alison Sosebee stepped up to help us all be proactive.

Frustration can sometimes lead to solutions and in this case Sosebee believed prevention to be the best solution.  Tired of seeing indecent photos on confiscated phones from school children prompted Ms. Sosebee to put together a program for the children and the parents.  FetchYourNews.com has video productions of the program and also brought a town hall live.  We also did an Anti Bully Campaign in the middle schools asking the children to provide essays, posters, or videos on the subject of cyber bullying to help raise awareness and hopefully provoke thought on the issue.

See Links:Anti Bully Campaign    Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Weapons of Mass Destruction addresses the downfalls which can change a life forever with the misuse of a cell phone, from cyber bullying to sending or possessing indecent photos.  The program for the parents addresses safety precautions parents can take; such as apps which monitor children’s phones and control access to certain unsafe and detrimental sites or activities.  The program developed by DA Alison Sosebee is very direct and informative and FYN plans to continue with our campaign by using various methods of raising awareness and sharing information.

The only problem with the Weapons of Mass Destruction campaign was the limitation of the distribution.   Since Sosebee only serves Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens and the problems are prevalent all over our Country.  Thus another solution avails and also an opportunity to inform parents and educate our children and hopefully prevent much heartache.  Today Sosebee will be sharing the well put together program with other District Attorneys from all over.

The Annual Winter meeting of the District Attorneys’ Association is being held in Morrow, GA on December 3-4, 2015 and Ms. Sosebee will have the floor to present her program “Weapons of Mass Destruction”  to the other District Attorneys and explain the issues which brought about the campaign.  The desire is for the program to become widespread. Hopefully the other District Attorneys will take advantage and set up presentations in the regions they serve.  The program may help combat problems before they arise.  FYN looks forward to soon announcing the new areas the program is being used.  As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Ms. Sosebee told us in regards to the program she has high hopes it will change the future for many children; who may avoid a serious mistake or a permanent record.  The program provides a better understanding of the consequences of misusing a cell phone or bullying.  She also hopes it will provoke children to think about how they treat each other and how they value their own dignity.  Her philosophy in regards to these issues, “No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe yourself to be, how you treat people ultimately tells all.  Integrity is everything.”

 

 

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