Thomasville Times Enterprise

December 18, 2012

Attorney: Bass will not tuck tail, quit

Patti Dozier

THOMASVILLE — The attorney for a Grady County judge said some of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission’s (JQC) alleged violations of judicial conduct are false.

Some are taken out of context, and some are simply “making a mountain from a molehill,” Rossville attorney Christopher A. Townley said Tuesday in a written statement to the Time-Enterprise.

The 13-count document released by the JQC says J. William Bass Sr., State Court of Grady County judge, ordered collection of funds as “administrative costs” from criminal defendants and subsequently delivered a letter to the county governing authority requesting a salary increase.

The document lists a number of other alleged violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Townley’s statement said, “Judge Bass has been selected for leadership positions by the Council of State Court judges (approximately 130 of his peers). He was chosen as the Best Judge in Grady County. Most importantly, he was honored to be elected in a contested race by the citizens of Grady County to serve them as judge.”

The lawyer’s statement said Bass does not plan “to tuck tail and quit because some people want another on the State Court bench.”

See Wednesday's edition for more details.