Retired judge faces felony charges over alleged lies to judicial watchdog
A retired Georgia judge is facing felony charges over her alleged lies to a judicial watchdog.
Indicted Thursday by a Cobb County grand jury, Cynthia Becker formerly served as a DeKalb County Superior Court judge. She retired earlier this year, after she was accused by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission of making false statements last year during an investigation of her sentencing decision in a school corruption case.
She faces multiple felony counts of making false statements and a misdemeanor count of obstructing a JQC investigator, considered to be a “law enforcement officer,” during “the lawful discharge of his official duties,” the Daily Report (sub. req.) says.
Her lawyer, Brian Steel, said Becker “has committed absolutely no crime” and looks forward to being able to present her side of the story. “The grand jury is a one-sided event,” Steel said. “Judge Becker had no voice in the grand jury.”
ABAJournal.com: “Former judge says ethics officials blindsided her with questions and secretly recorded the meeting”