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March 24, 2004

Albany - The newly appointed Municipal Court Judge already has new ideas for punishing law breakers. Willie Weaver was appointed the Municipal Court Judge Tuesday night by city commissioners. He'll replacing Paula Hanington.

Weaver was serving as Assistant Magistrate Court Judge and is a member of the Dougherty County School Board.

"I have good things planned for the Court such as saving money and doing some alternative punishments that we haven't done before. And, I plan on getting some staffing issues straightened out and getting some equipment that's up-to-date for the staff to work with," said Judge Weaver.

He says the County can save money by sentencing more people to house arrest rather than throwing them in jail, which cost nearly $40 a day for each inmate.

Weaver says he's also considering running for Superior Court Judge. If he chooses to do so, he would have to step down from Municipal Court Judge and school board.