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English-Cornwell affair fallout continues

Atlanta Journal-Constitution The past president of the State Bar of Georgia has agreed to conduct an investigation to determine whether any criminal cases were compromised by an affair between a chief judge in Fayette County and a public defender assigned to his courtroom. Bryan Cavan, an Atlanta lawyer, will conduct the probe for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council. There are as many as 450 cases in question, Mack Crawford, director of the defender council, said during a board meeting Friday. “He will look at the situation to see if anyone’s rights were compromised,” Crawford said. In April, then-Chief Judge Paschal English abruptly resigned amid revelations he was having an affair with assistant public defender Kim Cornwell. Cornwell has also resigned. District Attorney Scott Ballard has said his chief investigator did not find any evidence of wrongdoing in English’s courtroom. Ballard also has said he did not know when the intimate relationship began, but a sheriff’s deputy caught the judge and defender having sex in a parked car in October 2008. For more, go to

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