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Georgia Supreme Court backs Judge Crawford, grand jury called into session

On Friday, Oct. 26 the Georgia Supreme Court rejected by a unanimous vote a request to suspend Judge Robert ‘Mack’ Crawford from the Griffin Judicial Circuit. But he may face criminal charges after the grand jury is called into session Wednesday, Oct. 31 by the Attorney General’s Office to seek criminal indictments against him. After an investigation into the transfer of funds from a county account to his personal account, the State Judicial Qualifications Commission had recommended that he be relieved of his duties with pay while an ethics complaint against him was pending. The JQC accused Crawford of theft in July for directing the Clerk of Court in Pike to transfer more than $15,000 to him from an account in the court registry. Crawford claims he did no wrong because the funds were placed in the account by a client of his when he was an attorney who told him if he died that the funds should go to Crawford as payment for his legal fees. The state Attorney General’s office is calling the Pike County Grand Jury into session Wednesday, Oct. 31 to seek criminal indictments for theft related to the case. Crawford agreed to stop presiding over criminal cases months ago. Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker will not try the case and assistant Attorney General David McCullough will be the prosecutor in the case.

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