An attorney’s allegations of sexual harrassment against a Fayette Superior Court judge apparently led to his abrupt resignation last week during an interview with an investigator with the state Judicial Qualifications Commission. After Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. of Georgia’s Griffin Circuit scrawled a seven-line resignation on his judicial stationary last Monday, he handed it to Richard Hyde, an investigator with the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, who delivered it to Gov. Sonny Perdue later that day.

Attached to the resignation was a separate, handwritten consent order — accepted and signed by Hyde — in which Caldwell wrote: “I hereby agree to never seek or accept judicial office again.”

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