- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A former coastal Georgia superior court judge who resigned after she was accused of abusing her power was indicted Wednesday by a Fulton County grand jury.

Former Brunswick Judicial Circuit Superior Court judge Amanda Williams was indicted on charges of giving false statements and violating her oath, Fulton County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Yvette Jones said in a statement. After Williams resigned, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens appointed District Attorney Paul Howard as a special prosecutor in the case.

Williams in October 2008 ordered a drug court defendant with a history of suicide attempts to be jailed and blocked from having any contact with family, attorneys or drug counselors for an indefinite time period, prosecutors said.

The woman became depressed and attempted suicide by slitting her wrists after 61 days in confinement, prosecutors said. A complaint filed in 2011 by the Judicial Qualifications Commission said the woman spent 73 days in solitary confinement.

Despite Williams being recorded ordering the defendant to be sent to jail, Williams denied making that order when she was questioned by the commission, which conducts hearings on complaints of ethical misconduct by Georgia judges.

Williams stepped down from the bench soon after she appeared before the commission, which had filed more than a dozen allegations of misconduct against Williams in 2011.

Officials said the judge regularly jailed defendants for indefinite periods of time, presided over cases that were being handled by attorneys she was related to, and once jailed a defendant for using the term “baby momma” in court.

It’s unclear if Williams has an attorney and a call to a number listed for her wasn’t answered Wednesday evening.

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