Judge Planted Drugs on Woman After She Accused Him of Propositioning Her

A former judge was convicted on Thursday of conspiring to plant methamphetamine on a woman who earlier publicly accused him of propositioning her in his chambers, AJC reports.

Bryant Cochran, previously the chief judge of the magistrate court in Murray County in North Georgia, was found guilty of additional charges of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance, witness tampering, and sexually assaulting a court employee.

Cochran was indicted by a federal grand jury in May after a state Judicial Qualifications Commission investigation. The investigation eventually led to his resignation in August 2012. The judicial watchdog agency launced the investigation after the woman, from nearby Chatsworth, alleged that Cochran came onto her when she appeared before him in court to take out warrants against three people who had assaulted her.

Cochran will almost certainly face prison time after his conviction, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 20 by U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy in Rome.

 

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