To give you further faith that our justice system is in good hands, this guy was formerly a judge, too. In fact, it was his forced resignation from the bench that inspired him…well, let me begin at the beginning.
Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission investigated Bryant Cochran, then the chief judge of Murray County’s Magistrate Court, after a woman said Cochran had made inappropriate sexual advances toward her when she came to his chambers to seek some warrants. She alleged that Cochran told her he needed a mistress and wanted her to come to his office wearing a dress and no underwear.
The results of the inquiry led to Cochran’s resignation from the bench in August of 2012. To get his revenge, Cochran persuaded one of his tenants to plant a box containing meth under the car of his accuser. Cochran then called police with a tip that she was carrying drugs. Police stopped her car and used a drug-sniffing dog to turn up the illegal substance, but the dog’s sniffing came to naught. A police officer who just happened to be Cochran’s cousin—hmmmmmm— informed his colleagues that the drugs were in a magnetic container attached under the vehicle.
Prosecutors dismissed the possession charges against the woman after Cochran’s tenant admitted that he planted the drugs. Cochran was convicted last week on charges of conspiracy against rights, deprivation of rights under color of law, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and tampering with a witness. This was a full-fledged conspiracy: a Murray County deputy and captain who were involved in the arrest pleaded guilty to federal obstruction charges, Cochran’s tenant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and one of Cochran’s childhood friends told the jury that Cochran asked him to lie, telling the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that he told Cochran about the methamphetamine under the car, to explain how Cochran knew to tell the sheriff’s office to pull the woman over.
Stupid and corrupt. Yes, Bryant Cochran will lose his law license. The disturbing thing is that he ever had one.
Source: ABA Journal