published Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Catoosa judge accused of using drugs, making threat

The Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission filed formal charges today against a Catoosa County magistrate.

Judge Anthony Peters is under investigation for several charges of misconduct, including pointing a gun at himself and threatening another judge, and manipulating his position, a formal complaint filed by the commission stated.

He also is accused of using marijuana, the complaint stated.

Peters is accused of 13 violations of the judicial code.

The document, filed with the Georgia Supreme Court, gives Peters 30 days from receiving the document to respond.

Peters was hauled out of the Catoosa County courthouse in handcuffs in July after he and his boss, Chief Magistrate Donald “Sonny” Caldwell, got into a heated argument. He has not returned to work since.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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