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MACON, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's Judicial Qualifications Commission has recommended that Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth E. Fowler should be removed from the bench.

The commission's recommendation was released Thursday, two months after a hearing for the 61-year-old Fowler. State prosecutors accused him of running a slush fund in the county, mistreating defendants and other misconduct.

The commission said Fowler, who is not a lawyer, told defendants they had to prove their innocence and didn't apply proper standards for the finding of guilt.

State Supreme Court spokeswoman Jane Hansen says the court will review records in the case and decide whether Fowler should be removed.

Fowler's lawyer, Jon Helton, says he plans to file an objection to the commission's findings.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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