The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday ordered the permanent removal of a Twiggs County probate judge from the bench and barred him from ever holding or seeking judicial office.

In an 11-page ruling, the court unanimously found that Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth E. Fowler had violated the state’s judicial canon of ethics and that his conduct “shows that he is simply unwilling to live up to his legal and ethical responsibilities as a judge.”

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