It only takes one lapse of judgment to cloud a lifetime of good works
by Dick Yarbrough
MDJ Columnist
August 23, 2010 02:42 PM | 2044 views | 2 2 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dick Yarbrough
Dick Yarbrough
I am grieved over the resignation of Cobb Superior Court Judge Ken Nix. I don’t know the details except that he seems to have shown a momentary lapse of judgment in (a) allowing a couple of female employees to have their picture made sitting on his knee and (b) ‘flicking’ them – his words – on their rears as they arose.

Society frowns on that kind of thing these days.

For a number of years, I have kept a photograph of the judge with his white beard and in his Santa Claus outfit on our mantle at Christmas time.

I have treasured his notes twitting me for picking on his alma mater, Georgia Tech, and my responses that I would do better in the future rather than risk “contempt of court.”

This was no way for this fine man to end his distinguished political and judicial career and in no way does it di-minish my respect for Judge Nix.

He struck me as a man who didn’t take himself seriously and perhaps he forgot who he was and where he was.

Maybe we all need to be reminded again that it takes only one momentary lack of judgment to impact a lifetime of good work.

Ask former University of Georgia Athletic Director Damon Evans.

The wise woman in my home has told our grandsons that whenever you make a decision – good or bad – be pre-pared to live with it. Perhaps, if we think of the consequences of our actions first, we might be inclined to make better decisions.

Add to this, the plethora of camera phones and the instant exposure available on the Internet and we would all be advised to think before we act. A lot of young people have already ruined their lives with inappropriate photographs and videos that have made their way onto the Internet and which can never be retrieved.

Life is hard enough as it is and we don’t need to make it harder by not thinking through the consequences of our actions, whether we are a judge, an athletic director or just an ordinary citizen.

It just takes one bad decision to mess up our lives. Just one.

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August 23, 2010
Still waiting for reasonable heads and common sense to prevail here.....

I get that, as Mr. Yarbrough said, our society is different these days.

That doesn't mean that every hypersensitive and lawsuit hungry person (man or woman) should be able to hijack our society and for people's lives and careers to be able to be ruined by something like this.

I've actually seen people on here suggest that the judge has an "evil mind", have referred to him as a "criminal", and one even suggested that he should be charged and convicted and registered as a "sex offender".

ARE YOU PEOPLE NUTS?!?!?!? It's time for all of us to take a step back and put on the hat of reason and common sense. EVEN IF either of these ladies was offended, they should have just mentioned it to him in the same light-hearted way that they came to his office to say goodbye in the first place. He would have immediately apologized. Any reasonable person would have seen he didn't mean anything by it. Then everybody would have MOVED ON. Period.
August 23, 2010
Well said, Mr. Yarbrough....well said.
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