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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Animal-Judge Indicted For Planting Drugs in Car of Complaining Woman

     First this mutt allegedly pressured the women into having sex for a favorable ruling in her case.  In his chambers, of course. Then this former Chief Magistrate Judge, Bryant Cochran, seizing on his legal training, tampered with a witness, and then had drugs planted in the victims car....

     Finally, after two years of a federal investigation, this lawyer-judge has been arrested and indicted on federal charges.  This lawless hack had been “elected” to a third term, all while finding it convenient to sign blank search and arrest warrants, so he wouldn’t have to be bothered with details or formalities at an inconvenient time. Pre-signing blank warrants is a felony. 

     Cochran resigned as a judge in 2012 amid a public outrage over the abuse of power.

     Here’s the Press Release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of  Georgia, in Rome, GA:

Former Murray County Judge Indicted 

U.S. Attorney’s Office
May 14, 2014
  • Northern District of Georgia (404) 581-6000

ROME, GA—Former Murray County Chief Magistrate Judge Bryant L. Cochran has been indicted for sexually assaulting a county employee for framing a woman who alleged that she had been sexually propositioned by Cochran and for tampering with a witness.
“Cochran is charged with crimes that reflect that he completely abused the power and trust given to him by the people of Murray County,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “First, he attempted to use his judicial position to solicit sexual favors from a female citizen. And, once the alleged misconduct came to light, Cochran tried to use his power and influence to cover up the incident by having the citizen framed for drug possession and by tampering with a witness.”
J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated, “This latest indictment brings to light additional details of an orchestrated scheme full of false allegations lodged against one citizen but, in the end, costing the careers and reputations of those public servants making them. The FBI will continue to work with its various law enforcement partners in investigating all matters regarding public corruption.”
“It is important for citizens to have confidence in public officials, especially those entrusted with upholding and enforcing the law. The indictment of Cochran shows that people in these positions will be held accountable when they are involved in criminal activity. The GBI is committed to work with our federal partners to insure those in a position of trust are held accountable,” said Vernon Keenan, Director, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court, from January 1, 2004 to August 15, 2012, Bryant Cochran served as the Chief Magistrate Judge in Murray County, Georgia. In that position, Cochran sexually assaulted a Murray County employee and unlawfully searched the personal cell phone of another Murray County employee.
In addition, on April 9, 2012, Cochran met with a female citizen regarding a legal matter. During the meeting, Cochran made inappropriate sexual advances towards the citizen. By mid-July 2012, the allegations of Cochran’s sexual misconduct towards the citizen had become public. In response, Cochran called several local police officers providing them with a “tip” that the citizen carried drugs in her vehicle.
In an effort to discredit the citizen, on or about August 12, 2012, Clifford J. Joyce (who was a tenant of Cochran’s and who has been convicted of conspiring to distribute a controlled substance) planted a metal tin containing five packets of methamphetamine under the fender of the citizen’s car.
Two days later, on August 14, 2012, Murray County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Joshua Greeson (who has since been convicted of witness tampering) conducted a traffic stop on a car occupied by the citizen. During the traffic stop, several officers and a police drug dog searched the car for approximately 15 to 20 minutes—but did not find any drugs. Thereafter, Captain Michael Henderson (who is Cochran’s cousin and who has also been convicted of witness tampering) had an approximately two minute telephone conversation with Cochran. Following that call, Henderson told an officer at the scene that according to his information; the citizen hid her drugs in a magnetic box under the left, rear tire well. Upon receiving that information, Greeson found the metal box magnetically attached to the car in that precise location. Inside the box, Greeson recovered five small packets containing methamphetamine. Greeson then told the citizen that he had recovered drugs from her car. At that point, the citizen stated that she had been set up. Despite this, Greeson arrested the citizen and transported her to jail.
On August 15, 2012, the day after the arrest, Cochran resigned his position as Murray County’s Chief Magistrate Judge. On August 22, 2012, Joyce admitted to law enforcement officers that he planted drugs—after which the local District Attorney dismissed the charges against the woman. Finally, in an apparent effort to cover up the framing of the woman, Cochran tried to persuade a witness to provide false information to law enforcement officers.
On May 13, 2014, a federal grand jury indicted Cochran, 44, of Chatsworth, Georgia, for: (1) conspiracy against rights; (2) deprivation of rights under color of law, (3) conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, and (4) tampering with a witness. The most serious of the charges carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. In determining the actual sentence, the court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most offenders.
Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges. The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorneys Jeffrey W. Davis and William L. McKinnon Jr. are prosecuting the case.


Anonymous said...

Feed this PIG to the PIGS! But maybe even the PIGS would reject the Pig!

Anonymous said...

Feed this animal to the pigs

kris sergentakis said...

He resigned big deal.

A poor person steals donuts goes to jail for life.

This guy should spend life in prison for his abuse of power.

Anonymous said...

Set him up Plant Drugs on him and then put him jail where he'll run into many of the people that he railroaded

Anonymous said...

Concur "kris sergentakis"

It takes 2 years to take down the obvious, in such a less than complex case; this is why the real biggies always go 'Scot Free'.


Anonymous said...

Did anyone know about this?


or this?

Castricone Issues Warning about Recent Decision by Judge Francis Nicolai ‘Home Rule, Local Zoning will become a thing of the past if decision is upheld by Appellate Court’
Posted April 17th, 2014

here's another:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

give him some red meat

Anonymous said...

He should have been castrated in law school

Anonymous said...

did you think that this bum will get the Bar Assoc. award?

Anonymous said...

Has this thing been locked up yet? or is he still run free?

Eliot Ivan Bernstein said...

why has this blog failed to cover this story that relates to the iviewit matters which started this blog in the first place. Anyone awake here?
why has this story not been reported especially as it relates to the story that started this blog and all that follows.
“Supreme Court Rules Allen Stanford Ponzi Victims Can Sue Third Parties…Stanford Serving 110-Year Prison Sentence After 2012 Conviction for Defrauding Investors” The Wall Street Journal,
By Brent Kendall Updated Feb. 26, 2014 12:02 p.m. ET


“U.S. justices say Allen Stanford victims can sue lawyers, brokers” Reuters, By Lawrence Hurley, Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:09pm EST

Is anyone awake here?

Anonymous said...

what is this 'perps' status at this time? Is he locked up and who has the life ins policy on this turd?

Anonymous said...

how many other Judges like this are there that haven't been bagged?

Anonymous said...

Where do these skels bred or are hatched

Anonymous said...

Was the FORMER Chief Magistrate Judge Bryant Cochran appointed or elected? In either case he had to have the blessings of the Bar Association. Didn't anyone know this guy was a bum or are they all member of the same club?

Anonymous said...

Throw this amimal a piece of meat

Anonymous said...

Is this mutt in JAIL yet?

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