Gwinnett appoints its first full-time African-American judge
Gwinnett County’s court system appointed its first full-time African-American judge Tuesday.
Robert D. Walker Jr. was appointed as a Magistrate Court judge, Gwinnett’s chief magistrate George Hutchinson said. Walker, a former Fulton County prosecutor, was the best qualified candidate, Hutchinson said.
“He has 17 years of experience here, and has handled some of the toughest cases,” he added.
Walker served in the Judge Advocate General’s corps in the Air Force, and has served as a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Gwinnett County.
Gwinnett’s court system came under criticism Monday by two local groups for its lack of ethnic diversity on the bench.
Walker joins 25 Magistrate Court judges on Gwinnett’s bench. All but one part-time judge in Gwinnett Magistrate Court are white, as are all the Superior and State Court judges in Gwinnett County.
Hutchinson met with the county’s Superior Court judges Tuesday afternoon to settle on Walker, culling a list of 24 applicants.
SOURCE: Atlanta Journal Constitution