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cused of propositioning a woman who appeared before him, is now being investigated on allegations he pre-signed criminal warrants for law enforcement officials.
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The investigation of Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran of Murray County is being carried out by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, District Attorney Bert Poston said.
"It's a very serious allegation," said Poston, who oversees Murray and Whitfield counties. He said he will wait until the judicial watchdog agency completes its investigation before deciding whether to look into the issue himself or ask the state Attorney General's Office to do so.
Rossville attorney Christopher Townley, who represents Cochran, said, "With the investigation going on, I need to do further investigation myself to learn the details. If the Public Defender's Office thinks there are a lot of illegal warrants out there in Murray County, they're going to be greatly disappointed."
Jeff Davis, director of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, said he could neither confirm nor deny whether his agency is investigating Cochran.