Posted Nov 10, 2011 01:45 pm CST
A Georgia drug court judge scrutinized on the radio show This American Life has been accused in an ethics complaint of appointing her daughter as a guardian ad litem and jailing a defendant for using the term “baby momma.”
The complaint by the Judicial Qualifications Commission says that in one case, Williams ordered a woman with a history of suicide attempts to be placed indefinitely in restrictive detention, with no visitors and phone calls except for a drug court counselor, the stories say. The woman attempted suicide while in solitary confinement that lasted 73 days. She was in the drug court program for forging two of her parents’ checks totaling $100.
In another case, Williams is accused of jailing a juvenile who laughed during drug court proceedings.
She is also accused of using rude, abusive and insulting language and of presiding over cases involving a lawyer who practiced law with her son.
ABAJournal.com: “Ga. Judge Defends Drug Court Practices After Critical Episode of ‘This American Life’ “