It's worth noting that since 2010, Seven of Georgia's Chief judges have "stepped down" once ethics investigations began. They were the usual. Nepotism, sex with attorneys who appeared before the court and one gun case.
Although we feel pulling a gun out and waving it around the courtroom as then-Chief Judge David Barrett did, was a mental rather than ethical issue, (which gives rise to Barrett's rulings. Appealing a ruling because your judges was a nutcase seems both smart and expensive. Wouldn't it be better if Georgia just did a better job of weeding out nutty and unethical judges? Or would that kind of weeding render the rest of the bench unbearably lonesome?
There are two methods used to become a Georgia Superior Court judge:
1. A lawyer need only file and defeat an incumbent in an election for an open seat.
2. Appointment by the Governor, who selects from yet another highly political "blue ribbon" panel. Then the next election features the appointed judge as the incumbent...which usually guarantees a win, in part to low voter turnout.
Although this clearly isn't working, no member of the legislature has proposed to change the way Georgia goes about appointing judges. Ergo, the good people of Georgia, (and many other states) will continue to appear before the political, rather than the best.