published Friday, June 14th, 2013

Third man pleads guilty to Murray County conspiracy

A third man has plead guilty to an involvement in a conspiracy against a woman who blew the whistle on a local judge.

Clifford "CJ" Joyce plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in U.S. Federal court in Rome, Ga.

Federal prosecutors presented evidence today that Joyce was a middle man in the plan to get Angela Garmley arrested.

Garmley's compliant that former Judge Bryant Cochran solicited her for sex in his chambers launched a state ethics investigation last year that lead to the judge's resignation.

Two sheriffs deputies have already pled guilty to their part in the conspiracy.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work. Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille. When Joy isn't chasing ...

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