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 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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