An ex-judge and his circuit administrator wife — two of the current and former officials ensnared in a tangle of federal indictments over allegations of court corruption in South Georgia — have filed a motion to dismiss all of the charges against them.

The motion’s primary thrust is that prosecutors are trying to turn what are really potential ethics violations within the purview of the Judicial Qualifications Commission into federal crimes via an overexpansion of the mail and wire fraud statutes.

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