I tire of reading House Speaker Wendell Willard’s moaning about how Amanda Williams has been mistreated and denied due process by the Judicial Qualifications Commission (see Tuesday’s front-page article in The News). We heard this same litany from Willard when he was trying to explain why he introduced the bill to change the structure of the JQC.
Due process is exactly what Amanda Williams will get if the Fulton County District Attorney ever brings her case to trial by a jury of her peers. What’s the delay, Paul Howard? This case was given to you in Dec. 2011.
Speaker Willard overlooks the denial of due process by Amanda Williams to the numerous drug court defendants she ordered into confinement for indefinite periods. He also overlooks the fact that the JQC filed a total of 14 counts of misconduct against Amanda for which she could have also been indicted, and that for reasons known only to himself, District Attorney Howard chose to indict her on only two counts.
Mr. Willard, this is the same Amanda Williams who, according to the JQC report, launched into tirades, often using profanity, dressing down attorneys in her court, and the same Amanda Williams who had a teenage girl handcuffed and taken into custody because she happened to snicker in the courtroom. This is the same Amanda Williams who resigned in disgrace rather than face a hearing on all of the charges.
All of this notwithstanding, Amanda is out there in the private practice of law in the very courts from which she resigned. Shame on the Georgia Bar and the Supreme Court for having rules that allow her to practice law.
As I was taught in high school civics class, all of us stand equal before the law. Not so today. In our judicial system, it all depends on who you are or who you know. To quote Amanda Williams in the JQC report, “That’s what’s called being a Bishop.” In all likelihood, Amanda will walk.
And the beat goes on.
St. Simons Island