Citing “serious questions about the poor handling of public funds,” Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson has plunged the Legislature more deeply into the debate over the spiraling costs of the Brian G. Nichols murder trial. Richardson appointed a Senate committee Thursday to look into DeKalb Superior Court Senior Judge M. Hilton Fuller Jr.’s handling of the case. And Richardson suggested one option is impeachment, according to The Associated Press.

The Georgia Constitution provides little guidance on the circumstances that warrant impeachment of judges but it does allow for impeachment of judicial officers upon a two-thirds vote of the House.

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