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Chattooga judge once ruled in his cousin's DUI case

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A Chattooga County State Court judge who for years charged illegal court payments also once presided over a case in which his cousin was on trial -- a violation of Georgia law.

Summerville police officer Jamie Mitchell arrested William Randall Finster in February and September of 2002 on charges of driving under the influence. In December of that year, Finster went to Municipal Court on both charges.

Finster pleaded guilty to DUI and speeding in the September arrest. But in the February case, in which police say Finster almost crashed into his own wife on Highway 114, Finster pleaded guilty to a lesser offense of reckless conduct, as recommended by Mitchell.

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