Judge Accused of Courthouse Gun Display, Home Invasion in Far-Reaching Ethics Complaint
Posted Feb 9, 2011 11:54 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
An ethics complaint filed against a magistrate judge in Georgia’s Catoosa County claims he pointed a gun at himself in the courthouse, forced his way into another man’s home where he kicked in two interior doors, and tossed a cell phone into a toilet in an effort to destroy evidence.
And that’s just for starters. The complaint against Judge Anthony Peters also claims he admitted smoking pot, tried to hold a deputy in contempt for leaving a complaining message on his answering machine, went on a local cable TV show where he identified a purported confidential informant, and then called the same show the next day and accused the sheriff of soiling himself. The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Political Insider has the story.
In the gun incident, Peters is accused of pointing the weapon at himself at the Catoosa County Courthouse in 2009 and telling another judge, “I am not scared. Are you?”