Grady County State Court Judge under investigation by JQC

The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission has released a Notice of Formal Proceedings, signalling that it will seek to take disciplinary action against Judge William S. Bass of the Grady County State Court.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

Grady County State Court Judge J. William Bass Sr. is accused of being vindictive against people he believed had supported his political opponent; of asking for a pay raise for his part-time work based on the amount of money he collected in fines; and of exceeding his authority in setting fines to “maximize” revenue collection for the county.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission gave Bass notice Friday of formal proceedings on 11 counts of alleged misconduct.

Bass declined to comment, saying his attorney would speak for him. His attorney could not be reached late Friday afternoon.

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