Survivor Marquesas cast member Paschal English has resigned as chief superior court judge, and is now being investigated over a possible relationship with a public defender. Paschal is best known from Survivor for being eliminated randomly after drawing a purple rock out of a bag in a tiebreaker that involved him even though he received zero votes the entire season, so he wasn’t voted out because of votes cast against him.
Paschal, “the chief Superior Court judge of the Griffin Judicial Circuit, resigned [April 23] as questions swirled about his handling of complaints against another judge in his circuit,” Atlanta Unfiltered reported. It published his resignation letter [PDF], in which Paschal wrote, “It is with great remorse that I tender my resignation, but it is time for me and my family to concentrate on a different direction in our lives.”
It didn’t give any additional reason, but now, “Fayette County’s district attorney and chief public defender have been ordered to investigate allegations that Paschal English … was having an inappropriate relationship with a public defender who appeared before him,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. “English was having a relationship with Kimberly Cornwell, who has worked at the public defender’s office for about four years. Cornwell has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.”
D.A. Scott Ballard told Fox’s Atlanta affiliate, “A relationship might give the appearance that justice is not being served when her clients come before the judge, a conflict of interest. …Worst case scenario is that if there is a relationship then we might have many cases returned to us on appeal.”
DA probes alleged relationship between judge, public defender [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]