Georgia voters will decide if Judicial Qualifications board needs reform

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ATLANTA - Imagine you've been arrested by a police officer.

The charge isn't anything violent - public drunkenness, maybe. But the officer interviews you, then your friends, then the bartender you visited earlier that night, back when your stomach didn't hurt and those buildings across the street weren't spinning.

Months pass. You show up in court. You look at the jury box, and you recognize one of the men in the box, and you feel about as sick as you did the night you got booked. You're actually looking at the same guy who arrested you. This isn't going to go well, you think.

In Georgia, some state lawmakers say, that's actually the arrangement some judges face. When a person accuses a Georgia judge of misconduct, they send their complaint to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, a seven-person board.