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McFadden Won't Hear Rape Retrial in Fayette County

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Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Christopher McFadden has resigned his temporary appointment to serve as a Griffin Circuit trial judge following his controversial decisions overturning a guilty verdict in a rape case and then not to recuse from presiding over a new trial.

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    I understand this judge is being investigated for a relationship he has with family of the defendant in this case. He reportedly asked to be assigned to this case in particular, but did not disclose that at some point had a romantic relationship with the defendant‘s mother. Looks like there will be another opening on the Court of Appeals. "Courageous" indeed.

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    That the DA was able to accomplish his objective - remove Court of Appeal Judge McFadden from the case - by calling into question the Judge‘s competency to sit as a trial judge in a rape case, is beyond disturbing. I sincerely hope this will not prevent other courageous judges from doing what they thing is right under the law, even when doing so does not concur with the wishes of the prosecution.

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