Lawyer wants Dougherty Co. superior court judge to resign

Lawyer wants Dougherty Co. superior court judge to resign

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A South Georgia lawyer is calling for the resignation of a Dougherty County Superior Court judge after he charges the judge jailed four people without due process.

In a hand delivered letter to judge Victoria Darrisaw, Attorney James Finkelstein said that if she doesn’t resign, he’ll file a complaint with the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission regarding what he calls “her misconduct.”

SOWEGA lawyer asks DOCO Superior Court Judge to resign

Coming up at 11, a South Georgia lawyer is calling for the resignation of one Dougherty County Superior Court Judge after he charges the judge jailed four people without due process.

Posted by Marilyn Parker WALB on Monday, January 7, 2019

Four people were put behind bars at the hands of State Judge Victoria Darrisaw in what the attorney said was without due process.

Victoria Darrisaw. (Source: Dougherty County website)
Victoria Darrisaw. (Source: Dougherty County website)

“You don’t lock people up without notice and an opportunity to be heard and this is three times in a span of four months that this judge did that,” said Finkelstien.

James Finkelstien. (Source: WALB)
James Finkelstien. (Source: WALB)

Finkelstien said he wants the judge to resign from her position and will take action if she doesn’t.

“I’m going to ask the Judicial Qualifications Commission to investigate and impose appropriate sanctions whether its removal from office or sanctioning her or whatever,” Finkelstien said.

Finkelstien has taken on cases where he said Darrisaw put the victims of crimes behind bars. Saying that one victim’s mother was even locked up.

“We had a 17-year-old rape victim locked up in the Dougherty County Jail for no reason and without a hearing,” said Finkelstien.

WALB reached out to on these allegations.

“Before entering on the duties of their office, superior court judges must take the oath required of all civil officers...I have abided by my oath.”
Judge Darrisaw said in an email

“That statement about her oath has nothing to do with why she locked up this mother and her daughter. And why she did it without a hearing,” Finkelstien responded.

Finkelstien said he had a case against Judge Darrisaw back in the 90s, but said his complaint now isn’t anything personal.

“I don’t think she should be able to sit on the bench and judge people if she doesn’t understand, you don’t lock human beings up in jail for nothing,” said Finkelstien.

Finklestein said he plans to send the complaint to the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission on Tuesday. He said if she is not removed from the bench by the commission, he wants to urge voters to get to know the person who is punishing victims of crimes without good cause.

Below is a copy of the letter Finkelstien sent to Darrisaw:

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