Judge nomination process extended through May 29

By W. WINSTON SKINNER
winston@newnan.com
The process for nominating someone to fill the post vacated by Coweta Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge William F. Lee has been extended to May 29.
The original deadline was today, but a notice from the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission on Thursday noted the deadline had been “extended due to scheduling conflicts.”
Attorneys and members of the general public in the counties of Coweta, Carroll, Heard, Meriwether and Troup may nominate people to fill the superior court judgeship.
Members of the bar may submit their own name or the names of others. The public is also invited to submit nominations.
Names should be sent by May 29. Nominations can be made by letter to Judicial Nominating Commission, c/o Dana McGuire, 600 Peachtree, N.E., Suite 5200, Atlanta, GA 30308-2216.
Nominations may also be sent via fax to 404-962-6919 or by email to dana.mcguire@troutmansanders.com .

Each person nominated will receive an application package to be returned for receipt on or before June 15. The commission will meet to interview applicants some time after June 25.

From among the nominees, the commission will choose up to five individuals considered to be “qualified” or “well qualified.” That list will go to Gov. Nathan Deal, who will choose the replacement judge.

J. Randolph Evans and Pete Robinson are co-chairs of the Judicial Nominating Commission. Newnan attorney Arthur B. “Skin” Edge IV is a member.

Other commission members are Mary Paige Adams, James A. Bishop, Thomas P. Bishop, Christopher M. Carr, Dennis T. Cathey, Dwight J. Davis, Scott D. Delius, James B. Franklin, Robert S. Highsmith Jr., Robert D. James, J. David McDade, Patrick T. O’Connor, Samuel S. Olens, Frank B. Strickland, Daniel A. Summer and Ashley Wright.

Lee, 69, resigned on May 1, bringing to a close an investigation of Lee by the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission. Lee was an elected official for 37 years – serving as district attorney for the Coweta Judicial Circuit before becoming a judge.



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