Ga. judge brandishes handgun in court

District attorney says jurist was making 'poor rhetorical point'


By Bill Rankin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A North Georgia judge is being investigated for pulling out a handgun during a hearing last week as a woman testified about being an assault victim.

Lumpkin County Superior Court Judge David E. Barrett pulled out his pistol Wednesday not in anger, but out of frustration and to make "a poor rhetorical point," District Attorney Jeff Langley said Saturday.

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