Disbarred Georgia judge files lawsuit, claiming authorities tried to destroy his career

photo Magistrate Judge Anthony Peters listens during an April hearing where the state sought to remove him from bench for erratic behavior. The Tuesday Georgia Supreme Court's unanimous opinion barred Peters from ever holding another judicial office in Georgia.

A former Georgia judge who was disbarred for smoking pot has filed a lawsuit against his supervisor and the sheriff, claiming they conspired to destroy his career.

Anthony Peters, who filed the federal lawsuit in North Georgia, claims his boss, former Catoosa County Chief Magistrate Donald "Sonny" Caldwell, tried to demote him after learning he planned to run for chief magistrate, then devised a plan with Sheriff Phil Summers to interfere with his political ambitions.

In 2010, Caldwell told Peters that he was being changed to a 3-to-11 p.m.