Catoosa County judge accuses Chattooga County judge of improprieties in fight for power
Photo of Lookout Mountain Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. by the Times Free Press.
As two judges squabble for control of the northwest Georgia courts system, one has accused the other of improprieties -- and he says he has been working against her for years.
On Sunday, according to a letter obtained by the Times Free Press, Lookout Mountain Superior Court Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. told fellow Superior Court Judge Kristina Cook Graham that he has been secretly reporting her to state investigators for years.
"Now that you have been made aware of this and knowing you, it will be impossible for us to be in the same room," Van Pelt wrote. "Similar train wrecks in other circuits have resulted in a requirement that some form of case assignment system (with judges taking specific trials to avoid each other) be assigned."