Murray Co. Judge addresses allegations, accuser's attorney fires back
MURRAY COUNTY, GA (WRCB) - The Chief Magistrate Judge of Murray County says he knows of no active investigation against him. Last week, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to Channel 3 of a possible judicial misconduct against Judge Cochran. Cochran has not been formally charged or accused of any wrongdoing.
Murray County Attorney Greg Kinnamon copied Channel 3 on an email that contains details about the investigation.
The email eludes to a scenario in which Judge Bryant Cochran allegedly propositioned a woman, while working with her on a case she brought to court.
Monday, Judge Cochran issued the following statement in regards to the allegations:
"I'd like to start by thanking my friends and family that have contacted me in support. My attorney has been contacted by the Judicial Qualifications Committee and there is not an investigation at this time. This is a politically timed, politically motivated, personal attack on my family and I. We are devastated and heartbroken that my opponent's supporters would stoop to such levels for an election. I am actively seeking re-election and campaigning hard. I would encourage you to speak to someone who uses the court or watch our debate on YouTube. My campaign has been based on my abilities, accomplishments, and achievements over the last 8 years. I wish everyone's campaign could be."
McCracken Poston, attorney for Angela Garmley, the woman making accusations, issued the following statement in response:
"Contrary to what is being spun by the target of this investigation, the complaint is real and the complaint is in the very early stages of the process of investigation by the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC).
Nothing is likely to happen until August, and the only reason the matter is in any proximity to an election at all is the timing of the words and actions of the judicial officer himself, and the reaction of the stunned public and private citizens that directly heard the events occur.
People should indeed be wary of political stunts this time of year, but I can assure you, this is not one. The investigation goes beyond this one woman, and goes far beyond a single scope of inquiry."
We reached out to the Judicial Qualifications Commission today and have not heard back.
Count on Channel 3 to bring you the very latest in this developing situation.