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Sumter State Court judge resigns


Sumter State Court Judge Russ Barnes resigned from the bench yesterday, and Governor Nathan Deal accepted.

Judge Russ Barnes went missing for a day in early November. When he failed to show up for court the next morning, and all out search was launched for him, including a state helicopter search.

He was found several hours later in his SUV at the Americus Walmart.

Law officers say he left home because of personal problems.

He was taken to a hospital to be checked out then transferred to a crisis center in Albany.

  •  Click HERE to see the judge's resignation letter, the governor's letter, and a document from the Judicial Qualifications Commission dealing with possible misconduct.


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