facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Pot-smoking, gun-toting judge on trial

April 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, April 16 (UPI) -- A Georgia judge who smoked marijuana and feuded with his boss says he has turned his life around and should keep his job.

Anthony Peters, a magistrate in Catoosa County in northwest Georgia, was tried Thursday and Friday before the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. No verdict was announced.

"We've seen many people who have fallen and gotten back up," said his attorney, Chris Townley.

Witnesses said Peters' bizarre and belligerent behavior had frightened court staff. A fellow magistrate said he once pointed a gun at his own head and said, "I'm not afraid to die. Are you afraid to die?"

Appalachian Circuit District Attorney Joe Hendricks, prosecuting the case, noted Peters' addiction to prescription opiates after a 2005 vehicle accident. Peters said he smoked marijuana to get off the narcotics.

Peters would not say who supplied him with the marijuana. "He came into this tribunal and he sat there and protected the distributor of a controlled substance," Hendricks said.

Peters was arrested after a June 2010 confrontation with Catoosa County Chief Magistrate Donald Caldwell, who had appointed him.

"I'm not the same person," Peters said. "I put my heart and soul into that job."

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city Reports claim Ukraine used cluster bombs in Donetsk city
2
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
3
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
4
No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed
5
British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State British Reaper UAVs join the fight against Islamic State
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback