Georgia Judge in Jam Despite Ending Case Against Journalist Who Filed Open Records Request

A Georgia judge who convinced a prosecutor to indict a local newspaper publisher and his attorney after investigative reporting on use of a racial slur to describe a defendant and another man in open court now finds herself in the hot seat after the story became a national outrage.

Charges against Fannin Focus publisher Mark Thomason and attorney Russell Stookey were dropped abruptly on Thursday by elected district attorney Alison Sosebee, who had won indictments upon the request of Superior Court Judge Brenda Weaver last month. Continue…