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State leader speaks on judicial qualifications amendment concerns

Critics of a proposed state constitutional amendment worry it will make it more difficult to get rid of bad judges. (Source: WALB) Critics of a proposed state constitutional amendment worry it will make it more difficult to get rid of bad judges. (Source: WALB)
State Representative Winfred Dukes (Source: WALB) State Representative Winfred Dukes (Source: WALB)
The amendment would abolish the independent watchdog group and replace it with one that answers to state lawmakers. (Source: WALB) The amendment would abolish the independent watchdog group and replace it with one that answers to state lawmakers. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Critics of a proposed state constitutional amendment worry it will make it more difficult to get rid of bad judges.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission has forced dozens of Georgia judges to resign.

The amendment would abolish the independent watchdog group and replace it with one that answers to state lawmakers.

State Representative Winfred Dukes says it's a bad idea.

"Too much of the authority by the executive and the legislative branches of government to investigate the judiciary. I feel like we needed to have more of that in this state and in this country we have a separation of powers," said Dukes.

The lawmaker who led the push for the amendment, Republican Johnnie Caldwell from Thomaston, is a former Superior Court judge forced from office by the commission because of sexual harassment.

The amendment will be on the November general election ballot.

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