published Friday, August 24th, 2012

Charges dismissed against woman who accused judge of soliciting sex

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    Former Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran and Angela Garmley. Garmley's accusations against Cochran initiated a state investigation that led to the judge's resignation.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Drug charges have been dismissed against the woman who accused a Murray County judge of soliciting her for sex.

Conasauga District Attorney Bert Poston said that, after Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents probed the arrest of Angela Garmley, he decided to drop the charges.

Garmley’s accusations against Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran sparked a state investigation which led to his resignation last week.

Cochran is also being accused of pre-signing warrants, which the GBI is also investigating.

Weeks after Garmley came forward with her accusations against Cochran, she was pulled over in a traffic stop. The Murray County sheriff’s deputy said a drug dog he had with him in his patrol car found a magnetic box under Garmley’s car that had methamphetamine inside. She was arrested and charged with possession of meth.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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