This is what happens with safeguards supposedly in place. Imagine what is being done under the protection of the Patriot Act. Imagine what happens without judicial oversight or checks and balances to prevent abuse.ATLANTA (AP) - A prosecutor says a judicial watchdog agency is investigating a north Georgia judge for allegedly pre-signing warrants for law enforcement officials.District Attorney Bert Poston said the Judicial Qualification Commission is investigating Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran of Murray County over the accusations. Public defender Mike McCarthy said he was aware of the investigation.
A judge knows the full consequences of this, as well as the reasons why his actions were so despicable. If he is truly guilty, I hope the citizens he has deprived of due process get their day. The sad thing is, if the police do their job right, they should be able to justify a warrant. This can't be for any reason other than laziness or cutting corners. Neither are acceptable when people's lives and reputations are at stake.