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Ex-Judge Found Guilty of Framing Woman For Drug Arrest

December 15, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A former Georgia judge recently returned to the courtroom last week, but this time he was on the other side of the bench.

Bryant Cochran, the ex-chief magistrate of Murray County, was convicted Thursday of conspiring to plant methamphetamine in the car of a woman who had publicly accused him of propositioning her for sex.

The jury also found him guilty of sexually assaulting one county employee, illegally searching the cell phone of another and tampering with a witness, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Cochran held his position from 2004 to August 2012.

In July 2012, Angela Garmley went public with allegations that the man solicited her for sex while she was visiting his office in April 2012.

Prosecutors said Cochran had Clifford J. Joyce, a tenant of the trailer park Cochran owned, stashed a tin containing five bags of meth under her car on August 12. He then reportedly tipped deputies off that they would find drugs in Garmley’s vehicle, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Angela Garmley - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Angela Garmley – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Two days later, Murray County Deputy Sheriff Joshua Greeson pulled Garmley over and her car was searched. Authorities didn’t find anything, but Captain Michael Henderson called Cochran, who allegedly told him exactly where to find the meth. This information was passed along to Greeson who pulled Garmley over, and he discovered the drugs.

She was arrested, but her charges were later dropped. Henderson and Greeson were both convicted of witness tampering. Joyce admitted he planted the drugs and was later convicted of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance.

Cochran resigned on Aug. 15, 2012.

An an apparent attempt to cover up the framing, Cochran allegedly convinced a childhood friend to feed law enforcement officers false information.

Meanwhile, two clerks came forward saying that Cochran had violated their civil rights. One accused him a groping her multiple times while she worked for him. Another woman said he snooped around on her personal cell phone, according to the Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune.

Cochran’s sentencing is scheduled to take place on Feb. 20.

From the New York Daily News

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