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Charges filed against judge accused of absenteeism, cover-up

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s judicial watchdog has filed charges against a judge accused of being chronically absent and late and trying to cover it up.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Judicial Qualifications Commission’s investigative panel filed the charges Wednesday against Atlanta Municipal Court Judge Terrinee Gundy.

The charges filed with the state Supreme Court accuses Grundy of misconduct including failing to provide required hearings that resulted in defendants being unlawfully incarcerated.

It says Grundy failed to show up for work on time for years and disabled a courthouse recording system to conceal the tardiness. It says she also repeatedly lied to the commission during its investigation. Her annual salary is $182,000. The newspaper says Grundy wasn’t immediately available and her lawyer declined to comment.

The case is headed to a hearing panel.

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