45-year-old Bryant Cochran, a former Murray County judge in Georgia, has been sentenced to five years in jail for a number of offenses, including framing a woman on drugs charges after she rejected his sexual advances.
The judge met Miss Angela Garmley in 2012 during an assault case in which she was the victim. The former judge offered to rule in her favor in exchange for sex, saying that he needed a mistress. Garmley refused his offer, so he arranged to have drugs placed in her car and for officers to arrest her.
The officers who he made the arrangements with were Clifford Joyce and Joshua Greeson. Joyce placed the drugs in her car while Greeson stopped her and took direction from Cochran.
Both officers were convicted in separate trials for their part in framing Garmley.
The plot was exposed when police video footage showed one of the officers involved in the arrest receiving a tip from Cochran about where the drugs would be.
Cochran was also found guilty of sexually harassing a female employee, illegally searching through a womanâ€™s phone, and asking a childhood friend to give false testimony on his behalf.
Miss Virginia Rector, Cochranâ€™s former clerk, told the court on December 3, 2014 that she feared working for him and that he had harassed her for years. But she was afraid to report the matter because she feared losing her job.