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Former northwest Georgia judge accused of framing woman found guilty on all counts


ROME, Georgia — A jury has found a former northwest Georgia judge guilty on multiple charges, including tampering with a witness and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Prosecutors had accused Bryant Cochran of scheming to plant drugs on the car of a woman who had accused him of propositioning her for sex.

Cochran was also accused of sexually assaulting a county employee, illegally searching the cellphone of another county employee and attempting to get a witness to provide false information to investigators.

Local media reports say prosecutors argued Cochran abused his power and then wanted to regain the respect of the community. Cochran's lawyer argued that the evidence didn't match the prosecution's story. Cochran's attorney said investigators made assumptions and only gathered evidence that supported their case.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 20.

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