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Reprimand issued to city judge

Photo by J.D. Sumner

Photo by J.D. Sumner

ALBANY, Ga. — The Judicial Qualifications Commission has issued a private letter of reprimand against Albany Municipal Court Judge Willie Weaver following an investigation into an incident involving his wife and his subsequent arrest in May 2011.

Following a criminal investigation, Special District Attorney Denise Fachini from Cordele dismissed the warrant against Weaver in exchange for his successful completion of anger management and counseling.

According to the report issued Monday, the Judicial Qualifications Commission said Weaver consented that “while the criminal charge was dismissed, the event, and the publicity which followed it, brought discredit upon the judge and the judicial system.”

After being suspended from the bench in Municipal Court by the Albany City Commission during the course of the investigation, Weaver was reinstated in November 2011 by the City Commission on a 4-2 vote.

Weaver also serves as the Muncipal Court judge for the cities of Dawson and Sylvester.

It’s the second letter of reprimand issued by the Judicial Qualifications Commission to a Southwest Georgia judge since March.

Superior Court Judge Rucker Smith, the chief judge of the Southwestern Judicial Circuit which covers Lee and Sumter Counties, received a letter in March after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

In a story on albanyherald.com, Smith, when asked for comment, sent a fax stating, “Please direct any questions to my attorney.” He did not immediately respond to a request for his attorney’s name.

Smith was pulled over in May 2011 for driving 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. An officer charged him with having an open container, driving under the influence and speeding.

Smith later pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of reckless driving in the city of Leslie.

The commission noted in a report that Smith complied with all of its requests and “accepted responsibility for his actions.”

The agency said the reprimands will be reported to the Georgia Supreme Court, but their content will remain private.

Comments

jglass 1 year, 9 months ago

He should not have gotten his job back. And, his wife should not have lied about the incident in the end.

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agirl_25 1 year, 9 months ago

I agree. I wonder how the criminals feel who go before a criminal judge who is a discredit to the judicial system. What kind of a city commission reinstates a person like that? It must be a good old boy system.

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VSU 1 year, 9 months ago

I thought Tommy Postel said he wanted to eliminate the good ol boy system. I guess it is okay as long as it works in his favor.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 9 months ago

They should have had their Bar licenses revoked.

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howsad 1 year, 9 months ago

Weaver's total lack of even a smidgen of ethical values is indicitive of the mindset of the majority of Albany citizens. The Cast of Clowns (better known as the City Commission) now has another opportunity to get rid of this bozo as a judge...if any of them has the fortitude to publically start the process.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 9 months ago

I went to his court with my neighbor (for moral support), and he talked like he had marbles in his mouth, I couldn't understand anything he said!

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 9 months ago

I cannot understand him either. LOL

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FryarTuk 1 year, 8 months ago

Rucker Smith and Willie Weaver are drunks and batterers.

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MRKIA 1 year, 8 months ago

BUBBAVET_RU: ANY COMMENTARY?

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RedEric 1 year, 8 months ago

A crime was committed in regard to the Willie Weaver case. Either he hit his wife with a beer bottle or his wife and several police officers submitted a false police report. Someone should go to jail. And in response to MRKIA's request Bubba would say " YOUR HIDDEN AGENDAS ARE REVEILED!!!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 8 months ago

B-r is on his Tallahassee trucking run. He'll be back Wednesday with lots of nothing to say.

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tocar 1 year, 8 months ago

Mr. Weaver should not be given his job back. We need men and women who live a morally good life and can be an example to those they are sentencing.

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agirl_25 1 year, 8 months ago

I totally agree......how does a judge even have the gall to pass judgement on another man coming before him on a battery charge.......!!

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chinaberry25 1 year, 8 months ago

His wife had to have the money to raise their chillin'

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 8 months ago

The city commission, once again, proved that it does not care if laws were broken. As long as they can control the people they place in office, everything is okay with them. I once had a BLACK man tell me that only a black man could teach another black man. What is Weaver teaching them?

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insane_in_the_membrane 1 year, 8 months ago

If there is a philosophy in the black community that believes only a black man can teach another black man, then ignorance is the subject being taught. From the looks of Albany these days, I would say the lessons have been mastered!

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chinaberry25 1 year, 8 months ago

I wonder what Rucker Smith's fine was? It cost my son $2500 in fees and DUI classes as well as insurance premium. Someone needs to run against him and most would vote for them.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 8 months ago

Very good question, Chinaberry25.

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Jacob 1 year, 8 months ago

Has the bow tie become a symbol of incompetence?

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LoneCycler 1 year, 8 months ago

Wife beating and drunk driving have always been forgiveable offences if you're a judge in south Georgia. Nothing to see here. Move along.

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