Bill Rankin, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 4, 2011
A DeKalb County State Court judge misused public funds, used probationers for an election campaign and neglected her court calendar, causing inexcusable delays, alleges a document filed Friday, the judge’s last day in office.
In a filing with the Georgia Supreme Court, the state Judicial Qualifications Commission accused Judge Barbara Mobley of 16 violations of the judicial code of conduct, including using government funds to buy a church choir robe and prohibiting members of the public to enter her courtroom while court was in session.
Among the other alleged violations cited by the commission, Mobley:
* used public employees for her personal matters, including the use of a law clerk to represent her personal interests in civil litigation;
* used probationers to work at her church and to work on a judge’s election campaign;
* allowed “an extensive travel schedule” to take precedence over her court calendar, resulting in “excessive delays and inexcusable neglect” of her case load; and
* directed law enforcement personnel to compile Georgia Crime Information Center reports and motor vehicle information of private citizens for non-legitimate law enforcement or judicial purposes.