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March 14, 2008

Homerville - New developments Friday in an ongoing corruption investigation into a south Georgia judge.

There are new shocking ethics charges against Alapaha Circuit Chief Judge Brooks Blitch.

Two counts filed by the Judicial Qualifications Commission accuse Blitch of using his office to advance personal and political interests.

They say he allowed his wife, former state senator Peg Blitch, to illegally maintain an office in his chambers.

The judge is also accused of using state money to pay his secretary, Linda Peterson, to manage an apartment complex owned by the Blitch family.

Another charge accuses Blitch of unlawfully dictating fees for an account known as the "Official Fund Account."

The Commission says between 1989 and 2007, Blitch issued nearly one million dollars in payments to the Clinch County Commission to gain power and influence in the county.

Superior court judges do no have the authority to maintain and distribute the county money.

Last fall, Blitch was charged with nine other ethics violations which could result in his removal from the bench.

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