CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (Times Free Press) -- A former North Georgia judge who was disbarred for defying authority, misusing his position and smoking marijuana has accused his immediate superiors in a federal lawsuit of conspiring to sabotage his political ambitions.

Former Catoosa County Magistrate Anthony Peters claims former Chief Magistrate Donald "Sonny" Caldwell made it known he planned to retire, but when he learned Peters was vying for the position the chief tried to demote Peters.

In the lawsuit filed in Rome, Ga., Peters asks for $10,000 for damages and a jury trial, claiming Caldwell conspired with Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers to have Peters arrested and in turn hurt his career.

Peters was removed from office in 2011 by the Georgia Supreme Court after an investigation and historic two-day hearing showed he lost trust with the public through violating multiple codes of judicial conduct.

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