Before he had a chance to review the 78-page indictment alleging that his client was at the center of a corrupt court system in south Georgia, Harry D. “Donnie” Dixon Jr. on Friday laid out a familiar argument on behalf of former Judge Brooks E. Blitch III.

“I don’t think they will be able to prove he profited financially,” said Dixon, echoing what former Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes said on behalf of Blitch in the weeks before the judge resigned rather than face a Judicial Qualifications Commission trial that could have forced his removal from the bench.

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