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May 1, 2008

Clinch County - Another South Georgia judge is stepping down.

Berrien Sutton is the State Court and Juvenile Court Judge in Clinch County.

The Judicial Qualification Commission agreed to drop the seven charges against him if he resigns by June 30th.

Those charges accused Sutton of interfering with cases, unlawfully appointing a non-lawyer magistrate judge to sit in the state court, and signing an order that authorized the illegal collection of fees.

Sutton must also agree to not seek any judicial office again.

A Judicial Nominating Committee will give the Governor a list of candidates from which a successor will be chosen to fill his unexpired term.

Sutton will continue practicing law in Clinch County.

Judge Brooks Blitch, the chief Judge of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit who also faced misconduct charges, resigned last month under similar circumstances.

The JQC charges are not criminal but Judge Blitch remains the center of a federal investigation.