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Fulton chief judge: Report judicial corruption to investigators

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Cynthia Wright said she is "greatly" disturbed by a series of reports CBS Atlanta has aired that question the judicial ethics of judges who handle family court cases.

"I want the public to know that I think we have a good solid court system here, unbiased judges hearing their cases," said Wright. 

Wright encouraged anyone with proof of corruption to report it to state investigators.

In October, CBS Atlanta reported that some questioned whether Judge Bensonetta Lane's favorable child custody ruling toward singer Usher was influenced by the celebrity's attorney, John Mayoue.

According to campaign finance records, Mayoue's firm at the time held Lane's only fundraiser in the previous election that it is believed raised 83 percent of the funds in Lane's campaign coffer in a key reporting period. Lane denied to CBS Atlanta News that she is biased by her relationships with attorneys.

Wright said she cannot speak about specific cases but affirmed that Fulton County Superior Court judges decide cases based on evidence, not on relationships with attorneys or "public clamor."

Earlier this month, protestors criticized Judge John Goger for awarding primary custody of a 10-year-old girl to the father she accused of sexually abusing her. The father was arrested twice, but charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence. Protestors also slammed a court-appointed guardian ad litem who charged the parents more than $133,000 for his work on the case.

Critics called the charges excessive. Wright said she doesn't recall seeing a guardian ad litem bill that high but stopped short of calling it excessive. 

"It is a lot of money but I don't know what would drive up those guardian's fees so much," said Wright.   

Wright says she encourages anyone with evidence of judges not conducting themselves properly to report them to the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission, the state agency responsible for investigating judicial misconduct.

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