Homerville - A south Georgia judge accused of misconduct says he will resign.
Clinch County Superior Court Judge Brooks E. Blitch III faced charges by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission that he oversaw thousands of dollars in illegal payments to county employees and ordered the early release of convicted felons.
In a statement through his lawyers, Judge Blitch said Wednesday he will resign June 30 and will not seek re-election. The 73-year-old judge says he will "return to private life" after nearly 28 years on the bench.
Blitch's statement did not mention the misconduct charges against him, or a federal investigation that became known when FBI agents searched his Homerville office last June.
His lawyers will now ask that the Judicial Qualification Commission's investigation of the judge be terminated. Judge Blitch has agreed not to preside over criminal cases between now and the end of June.
A Judicial Nominating Committee will give the Governor a list of candidates from which a successor will be appointed to fill the judge's unexpired term.