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MURRAY COUNTY, GA (Times Free Press) -- The woman whose complaint led to a judge's resignation and two officers removed from office has filed a lawsuit against the former judge, the Murray County Magistrate Court and the sheriff's office.

Angela Garmley and her husband, Joe Garmley, are suing former Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran for soliciting Angela for sex in his chambers and concocting a scheme to get her arrested, according to their lawsuit. The couple is also suing multiple government agencies and former Sheriff Howard Ensley for their part in the process.

Garmley filed an ethics complaint against Cochran last July, saying he had asked her in his chambers to be his mistress and later sent her a text message to come to his office "wearing a dress and no panties."

In the lawsuit, Garmley claims Cochran said that his wife "doesn't take care of [Cochran's] needs in the bedroom and that [Cochran] would like to have a mistress that he could trust."

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