The Georgia Supreme Court announced Friday it suspended Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth E. Fowler with pay after the recommendation of an arbiter during a hearing late last month.
Fowler, against whom the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission already has a case pending with the Supreme Court, will be suspended until the high court issues a final decision in that case.
The JQC accused Fowler of using his influence to get two probation officers fired after they testified against him in the JQC’s main case against Fowler back in January.
The JQC has accused Fowler of running a slush fund in the county, mistreating defendants and engaging in other misconduct, such as telling defendants they had to prove their own innocence. Fowler, who isn’t an attorney, also didn’t apply proper standards for finding guilt and used unqualified people to serve as interpreters, the JQC alleges.