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Controversial Former U.S. Attorney Is Nominee For Ga. High Court

Posted By Andrew Ramonas On June 2, 2009 @ 7:08 pm In News | Comments Disabled

Controversial former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Rick Thompson is before a state judicial nominating commission selecting finalists for a state supreme court vacancy, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported [1] this afternoon.

Thompson was appointed by President Bush to his post in 2001. He resigned in 2004 after an internal Justice Department probe discovered that he improperly used his power by threatening to investigate Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes and state Sen. Van Streat during their 2002 re-election campaigns, The Journal Constitution said. He is now a partner at Georgia law firm Drew Eckl & Farnham.

Rick Thompson (Drew Eckl & Farnham) [2]

Rick Thompson (Drew Eckl & Farnham)

We previously reported that U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia David Nahmias has also been nominated to replace Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, who will leave the bench to join a law firm on June 30, according to The Journal-Constitution.

A commission will begin reviewing the nominees on June 4, and make itsĀ  recommendations to Gov. Sonny Perdue, who will then fill the vacancy, The Journal-Constitution said.

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