A personal relationship that developed on Facebook apparently sparked the end of a 17-year judicial career for Mountain Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Ernest H. Woods III.

The judge, known as Bucky Woods, resigned effective Jan. 15 in a Dec. 29 letter to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue that followed within days the publication of information about his Facebook dialog with a woman who was a defendant in a matter pending before his court.

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