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April 16, 2008

Homerville -  The Chief Judge of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit announced Wednesday that he will be resigning, effective June 30th.

His resignation comes a year and a day after the Judicial Qualifications Commission launched an investigation against Judge Brooks Blitch.  They've charged him with 12 misconduct violations and will go before the commission in Cook County on May 6th.

He's also the center of a federal investigation which has led to the resignation and termination of several other Clinch County and Circuit leaders.

The press release, sent by his attorneys reads as follows:

Judge Brooks Blitch, III, Chief Superior Court Judge of the Alapaha Judicial Circuit announced today he does not intend to seek re-election and that he will resign on June 30 to return to private life.

"I am proud of my service for almost 28 years as judge of the Superior Court of Alapaha Circuit, and I appreciate the trust the citizens have shown me during those years. I am 73 years of age, and I have planned for some time to return to private life".

Counsel for Blitch, former governor Roy Barnes, said "Judge Blitch has a long and distinguished history of service to his community. I am proud to call him my friend."

Barnes also said that he has notified the Judicial Qualifications Commission of the decision of Judge Blitch not to seek reelection and to return to private life. Barnes further said he also has informed the JQC of the  intention of Judge Blitch  not to seek appointment as senior judge because of his desire to return to the private practice of law on a limited basis.