TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 1, 2012

A North Georgia judge who brandished a gun in court last week has decided to step down from the bench. In a letter sent yesterday, Chief Superior Court Judge David E. Barrett of the Enotah Judicial Circuit said he would retire today. The move stems from an incident that happened last week when Barrett pulled out his handgun to make a point to a witness who was testifying. The judge told her she was killing her case and “might as well shoot your lawyer” as he pretended to offer her his gun. A district attorney in the courtroom at the time approached the bench and told the judge to put the weapon away. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has more