Judge plants drugs on woman because she accused him of sexual harassment (video)By Mason White 4:07 PM December 16, 2014
|Angela Garmley and Bryant Cochran|
By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A judge was charged and convicted of conspiracy for planting drugs on a woman after she accused him of sexual harassment, prosecutors in Georgia said.
The Murray County Magistrate’s Court judge was convicted on Thursday, of conspiring to plant methamphetamine in the woman shortly after she publicly accused him of propositioning her in his chambers.
Bryant Cochran was also convicted of witness tampering, conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and a federal civil rights violation in connection with sexually assaulting a court employee.
Cochran will be sentenced to spend time in prison.
According to the police investigation, Cochran ordered Clifford Joyce, who is a tenant in his trailer, place a magnetic box containing five packages of methamphetamine in the back of the car belonging to Angela Garmley.
A few days later, Murray County Sheriff Joshua Greeson pulled her over and searched the car for drugs, but he didn’t find any.
Greeson called his captain – Michael Henderson, a cousin of Cochran – who then called Cochran. After a brief conversation, Henderson told Greeson that Garmley hid the drugs in a magnetic box under her car.
Greeson found the box containing methamphetamine and arrested Garmley.
Garmley insisted that she had been set up, and a week later, Joyce Clifford confirmed her story, confessing to have planted the drugs in her car.
The charges against Garmley were dropped.
Cochran resigned from him position after an investigation by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission revealed that he sexually assaulted Garmley, who came to seek arrest warrants against her attackers.