Fulton bench decides not to reappoint chief juvenile court judge
1:55 pm, January 2nd, 2013
Eight years on the Fulton County Juvenile Court bench were enough for Belinda Edwards, the county’s superior court judges have decided.
Fulton Superior Court Chief Judge Cynthia Wright confirmed she and her colleagues had decided not to reappoint Edwards to another four-year term. Edwards, who had been serving as her court’s chief judge, is a former general counsel for Morris Brown College first tapped for the juvenile court bench in November 2004.
Wright declined to divulge the tally of the superior court judges’ Dec. 6 vote on Edwards’ reappointment and was close-mouthed about the reasons Edwards’ term was not renewed. “The superior court judges just felt like it was time to move in a different direction,” said Wright, explaining there will be a separate process to fill the vacancy on the court. “I can’t speak to why anyone cast their vote in any particular manner, but it was a decision that the bench made.”
In the wake of the judges’ decision not to renew her term, Edwards purported to fire juvenile court administrator Omotayo Alli, according to Wright. Wright said she put a stop to that in a Dec. 21 order. “I just thought that was a decision that should not be made by someone with hours left in her administration,” Wright said.
Attempts to reach Edwards have been unsuccessful.