Perdue appoints Cobb Superior Court judge
by Kathryn Dobies
kdobies@mdjonline.com
August 28, 2010 12:00 AM | 7431 views | 31 31 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue announced late Friday that he has selected Reuben Green for Cobb Superior Court to replace Judge Kenneth Nix, who is retiring as of Oct. 4.

Perdue also elevated Carl Bowers from traffic court to the higher division of Cobb State Court, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Beverly Collins. Eric Brewton, who previously worked with Mike Bowers in the state Attorney General's office, will replace Bowers in traffic court.

It is unclear when the appointments take effect.

Reuben Green, who earlier this year intended to run for state court, is a former Cobb assistant district attorney, and most recently served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also worked in the DeKalb County Solicitor General's Office and was an attorney with the Atlanta law firm of King and Spalding.

"I got the call from the governor a little while ago, and it's a pretty surreal experience," Green said Friday evening. "I'm honored and I'm humbled, and I hope I do a good job."

Green said he did not know when he will be sworn in. Cobb has 10 Superior Court judges.

Green is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and received his bachelor's degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore. His wife, Heidi, is Commissioner of Georgia's Economic Development agency. The couple lives in Marietta and has two children.

Nix, 70, tendered his resignation a few weeks ago, amid rumors that complaints were being filed against the judge for inappropriately touching two women in the district attorney's office. He said he had planned to retire in December, but tendered his resignation, effective Oct. 4.

Green said of that situation, "It's an unfortunate circumstance that brought us to this position, but I'd like to look forward."

In Cobb State Court, Division II Judge Carl Bowers will be moving up to Division I, which can hold jury trials. Bowers has been on the bench in the traffic court since 2005 and was previously in private practice for six years.

He replaces Collins, the wife of Cobb District Attorney Pat Head, who retired June 30. Bowers also served as a judge in the Cobb County Magistrate Court for four years, and was a prosecutor in Cobb's Solicitor General's Office.

Carl Bowers earned both his undergraduate and law degree at the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Ingrid, live in Acworth and have three children.

Eric Brewton, who is currently in-house counsel at Travelers Insurance, will take Carl Bowers' spot in Division II of State Court.

Brewton, a former partner at the Marietta law firm of Brock, Clay, Calhoun and Rogers, earned his law degree at the University of Georgia. He lives in Marietta.

In June, the state's Judicial Nominating Commission named Green, Carl Bowers and Brewton to the short list of recommended candidates to replace Collins.
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Judge Carl Bowers
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January 15, 2014
Just sat in a courtroom watching Judge Carl Bowers playing catch with a child's toy while a case was being heard and he was on the bench. Pompous, arrogant, and acidic must be action words which Bowers believes he should fulfill his job.
cobb life time judge
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September 11, 2010
Has their ever been a Judge in Cobb County, State, Superior or even Magistrate that did not get re-elected? I agree that R. Green did a great job as an Assistant DA in Cobb, but if he is appointed, then no matter how good, bad or wonderful he turns out to be, he will likely be re-elected. While I may not agree with the appointment, it is a good choice. Cobb County citizens do need to open their eyes and if the choices made by voting are not right then fix it or at least get out and vote.
Maretta
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August 31, 2010
Here, here, Sam. Excellent comments. Go, Reuben!
Puddentain
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August 31, 2010
Mr Hagen,

It was clear through all of the comments that Judge Nix liked to have women sit on his lap at Christmas time as he portrayed Santa Clause. It is not much of a leap to believe that two good looking women wanting to say goodbye would illicit the same behavior. Also, there supposedly was a track record of this behavior that many just let be in the past. To file that information away for use when strategically advantageous is not a stretch either.

Secondly, the people that seem to be in the know predicted EXACTLY what happened. So, your statement that anyone who believes the conspiracy theory has "special needs," I must assume you mean they have a retarded mental intelligence quotient. Not being able to put one and two together in this instance would indicate a "profound state, 0-20" on anyone who does not get it.

Sam Adams
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August 31, 2010
Timmy-

Looks like we agree 100 %. The "game " is definitely rigged, and most of the judges in Cobb (or anywhere else) wouldn't be there if it weren't.

I was referring to the "wish my wife could get me a job like that" comments directed at Reuben. While funny, they also smack of whining, which the Cobb defense bar is pretty skilled at.
Jerry Godwin
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August 31, 2010
Well, this whole thing just feels kind of dirty. I don't do much work in Cobb, so it could well be that Mr. Green is a good guy and deserves the title "Your Honor." But I just don't like the feel of the governor's advisor's husband getting an appointment like that, with over two years to serve without running. Obtaining a position in that way tarnishes it, in my opinion.

I thought it was bad enough that Mr. Green was in the running for Judge Collins' seat (Pat Head's wife) after she abruptly resigned and forced an appointment - as opposed to the election. I understand that Heidi and Reuben Green had the Governor and the Heads over for dinner a while back where all this was discussed and decided. Like I said, it just feels dirty to me. And makes me think they are all crooked.
Reba M.
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August 31, 2010
I don't think anyone claims that Pat Head set up Judge Nix, he just took advantage of the situation. It is well known he is not running for re-election as District Attorney, but he has his eyes on a judgeship and favors are common for appointments.
Tom Hagen
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August 31, 2010
The person that said "Judge Nix was setup [sic]" has special needs. The idea that Mr. Head sent one of his staffers to visit Judge Nix kamikaze-style for a butt-groping makes my brain laugh.

Under that theory, incidentally, was Judge Nix complicit or did Mr. Head just know he wouldn't resist a butt-grope? Pretty great plan either way.

And I don't think Mr. Head is running for re-relection, is he?

Where will the chickens roost, then?
They call me...Tim
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August 31, 2010
Don't be so fast to assume that it is the defense bar posting comments. I, for one, am a current prosecutor.

Sam, you may say "don't hate the player, hate the game," but all I'm saying is "let's play the game." A strong challenge come election time is part of the game.

I don't care if Reuben Green is the best judge since Learned Hand. Plenty of people would be good judges - let's elect one. If it turns out to be Reuben, then he'll be a better and more confident judge for having the peoples' mandate behind him.

But I also say "fix the game." How about some legislation that would limit judicial appointments so they aren't this political game they have become? (1) Appointed judges should not get 2 free years on the bench - have them sit temporarily until a special election can be scheduled - no more than 2 months. (2) During this period, the appointed judge is labeled as "acting" judge, and will not have the word "incumbent" next to his/her name come election time.

Take these two simple steps and you will see that sitting judges will suddenly find the stamina to reach the end of their terms, even in the face of a changing administration.

Political "burrowing" needs to end across the board, but we should take extra steps to make the judicial process more or less immune to the process. It would be better for all of us.
Sam Adams
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August 31, 2010
I can see why folks are angry about the process, definitely not democratic in any way shape or form.

However, I can't see why the defense bar (and that's whose posting all the negative things about Reuben)is directing their hate at Reuben...

Can any of you honestly say if you were in Reuben's shoes you would've turned it down? Of course not. You'd all jump at it and deal with the consequences later. Don't hate the player, hate the game.

This is a shame
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August 30, 2010
Judge Nix was setup and the members of the bar will remember when Green has to run and Sonny is no longer living on West Paces Ferry. I think that Pat Head may have some real competition when he runs for reelection. The chickens will come home to roost.
Maretta
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August 30, 2010
I will campaign for Reuben, provide financial contributions and do whatever else I can within the law to ensure he wins an election challenge. He's a decent, honest and smart man. This is the type of judge we need in Cobb County.
Maretta
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August 30, 2010
It's sad some deficient defense attorneys are objecting to a good attorney like Reuben, irregardless of the process by which he was chosen. I guess it's because he's whipped your behinds and shown you for the ineffective scoundrels you are. If you run against him, you will lose. I'll do what I can to ensure that.
defense paralegal
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August 30, 2010
I agree with everything Tim said........
They call me...Tim
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August 29, 2010
For every anonymous blogger there is a suck-up all too eager to get their name out there...

I'm an attorney here in Cobb and I'm here to say that this is NOT how judgeships should be awarded or obtained. Even if you are thrilled with the result, it shouldn't happen like this. No ends justify a means.

Setting aside what happened to Judge Nix, the process should be the same for each open position. There should be some semblance of fairness and due process. The process was flat-out abandoned for the superior court position.

(I'll state straight up that I'm fine with Bowers' selection, fairly strongly against Green's, and slightly against Brewton's because I know tons of attorneys in Cobb have never heard of him.)

The son of Mike Bowers and one of his former employees are appointed where Mike Bowers normally chairs the nominating commission. That's a bit much by itself, but then Pat Head's anointed one gets the nod for a position created by Head's shenanigans. That's over the top.

I suspect the Cobb bar will either field some candidates against Green, or even better, unite behind one candidate. As well they should.

I hope the Cobb community takes a strong interest in the next judicial election.
this makes me sick!
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August 29, 2010
Ok, Cobb Bar section presidents and president-elects, everyone has to be united to put up a strong contender in the 2012 election to oppose Reuben Green. The Marietta legal community knows he is universally disliked by defense attorneys and prosecutors alike. This whole appointment smacks of a favor, because he would never have been elected by popular vote at the polls. This is Pat Head"s legacy to Cobb citizens.
ummmm
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August 29, 2010
THIS is the most orchestrated bunch of CRAP I have ever seen. I can't wait until the real story is revealed...I'm already laughing
just me
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August 29, 2010
To Jason. As a life long resident of Cobb County and the daughter of a retired policeman. I have lived the who you know lifestyle and seen how {heavy} descent employees of cobb are burden with the "keep your mouth shut or lose your job.". I also work at a level in cobb government (the school system) and this is the way they run the school district. This reminds me of the Hitler regime. Alive and well in Cobb.
Sally G.
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August 29, 2010
Pat Head's conniving worked, this time. Rueben will have opposition when he runs.
Puddentain
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August 28, 2010
Mr. Riley, us "anonymous" bloggers know that if we were to tag our remarks with our real names, we would be finished. The powers that be in Cobb just proved they can do whatever the heck the want. They did it in plain site for pete's sake. I stand up and agree anonymously because I value my life and my lifestyle. I have always though Ruben Green was a decent guy and legit, but being a part of this mess tarnishes his rep whether he deserves it or not. As for Pat Head, you deserve the rep you are earning.
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