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Among several ballot measures next month, Georgia voters will be asked whether they want to change the agency that polices judges in the state, known as the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC). If passed, the constitutional amendment would allow state lawmakers to recreate the commission.

Supporters say the changes are needed because the watchdog agency needs more oversight, but critics say the move would strip the agency of its political independence and effectiveness.

What Does the JQC Do?

Dekalb County Interim CEO Lee May and Mike Bowers at the podium
Lisa George / WABE

A former DeKalb County judge was indicted; then the charges were suddenly dropped.

The deadline for a report on DeKalb County government corruption by two special investigators has come and gone.

Colleges are back in session, and there’s already been two reports of sexual assaults at Kennesaw State University and an allegation of racial harassment by fraternity members at Georgia Tech.

WABE legal analyst Page Pate joined Rose Scott and Denis O’Hayer to discuss these issues and take a more in-depth look at the cases on “Closer Look.”