Grand Jury Meets, Ex-Judge Oxendine Appears

11:55 PM, Jun 25, 2010   |    comments
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Lawrenceville, GA - Former Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Jim Oxendine spent nearly three hours behind closed doors at the Gwinnett County Courthouse, as a Grand Jury investigated taxpayer-funded landed deals.

Oxendine left the bench last October after investigators spotted his signature on paperwork for a land deal under investigation.  District Attorney Danny Porter says the signatures show that Oxendine was practicing law while serving as a judge, a violation of judicial ethics.

Jim Oxendine is the father of John Oxendine, Georgia's Insurance Commissioner and frontrunner in the Republican Gubernatorial primary July 20.  John Oxendine has not been implicated in the probe.

Porter would not confirm or deny that the elder Oxendine appeared before the Grand Jury.  Oxendine declined comment when approached by 11 Alive News.  He slipped out of the courthouse with the help of Gwinnett County Sheriff's deputies.

Porter says the former judge is not the target of a criminal investigation.

The investigation is focusing on millions of dollars worth of purchases of vacant land by Gwinnett County commissioners, sold by well-connected landowners.

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