House Speaker Appoints Longtime Investigator to JQC But Rejects Bar Nominees

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The Speaker of Georgia's House of Representatives has reappointed Richard Hyde, the state Judicial Qualifications Commission's former longtime investigator, to continue serving as a commissioner on the newly-constituted agency now under the Legislature's control.

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    Richard Hyde was a former police partner of George Weaver when they both worked for the city of Atlanta police dept.  Weaver and Hyde were on patrol together in the same car.  NOTE THIS: Hyde publicly supported Weaver‘s wife Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver when she left the JQC under fire subsequent to her having orchestrated the false arrest of Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and his attorney Russell Stookey on trumped-up charges when they tried to use an Open Records request to access a check that was questionably handled by Judge Weaver from her operating budget. Nonetheless, GA House Speaker David Ralston appointed Hyde even as he rejected a list of 11 nominees submitted by the GA State Bar. Thomason made this interesting connection public today, January 21, at a GA State Bar meeting in Atlanta.

  • Same as the Old Boss

    "One member of the State Bar of Georgia who shall ... [be] appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives from a list of at least ten nominees from the board of governors of the State Bar of Georgia; provided, however, that if a nominee is not selected from such list, the board of governors shall submit another slate of ten nominees." The statute says the first list shall be made up of "at least ten nominees" .... it doesn‘t say only 10 nominees

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