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Ga. Supreme Court removes, bars suspended judge

ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Supreme Court has permanently removed a suspended Twiggs County Probate Court Judge from office and barred him from ever holding judicial office again in the state.

The court ruled on Monday that Judge Kenneth E. Fowler showed he was unwilling to live up to his legal and ethical responsibilities.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission conducted an investigation and found Fowler had violated several judicial canons, such as by telling criminal defendants they had to prove their innocence.

The commission also said Fowler allowed criminal defendants the option to buy out of community service, then put the proceeds into a bank account he controlled.

Fowler, who was suspended in May, is not a lawyer. His attorney, Jon Helton, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

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