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Judge who took out gun in court chooses to retire

Attorney in trial says gesture not hostile, but 'was a little bit reckless'


By Bill Rankin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A North Georgia judge who brandished a gun in court last week has decided to step down from the bench.

In a letter sent Wednesday to Gov. Nathan Deal, Chief Superior Court Judge David E. Barrett of the Enotah Judicial Circuit said he was retiring today. Deal, who will name Barrett's replacement, accepted the retirement letter.

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