SUMMERVILLE - Superior Court Judge Kristina Cook Connelly Graham was publicly reprimanded this morning in Chattooga County Superior Court.
During the proceeding, Judge Daniel Craig from the Augusta Judicial Circuit asked Judge Graham to stand. He read the complaints against her.
Last year, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan had filed a complaint with the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission against Judge Graham. The complaint alleged that the judge violated judicial ethics through her conduct with police officers over their work involving a local drug investigation.
The executive director and chief investigator of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission were present in court but did not speak.
Judge Graham thanked the Georgia Bar Association, her family and friends.
"I am glad that this is resolved," she said.
Judge Graham's father, noted attorney Bobby Lee Cook, was also present in the courtroom.
He released a written statement.
"First, in the interest of fairness and correctness, I would point out that what occurred that is the subject of the reprimand took place in the private chambers of Judge Graham and not in the public arena of the courtroom," he wrote.
"Second, I can objectively state that she has consistently discharged her official duties in literally hundreds of trials in a fair, impartial and professional manner, always being diligent and careful to protect the constitutional rights of all parties.''
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