James R. Osborne

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This is the page for a former Georgia superior court judge. If you are looking for the Indiana superior court judge, see: Jim R. Osborne.
James R. Osborne
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Court Information:
Paulding Judicial Circuit, Georgia
Title:   Former judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Sonny Perdue
Active:   2005-2014
Preceded by:   W.A. Foster, III
Succeeded by:   Dean C. Bucci
Past post:   District attorney, Paulding Judicial Circuit, Georgia
Past term:   2002-2005
Past post 2:   District attorney, Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit, Georgia
Past term 2:   1995-2002
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Georgia
Law School:   University of Georgia

James R. Osborne was a judge for the Paulding Circuit of Georgia.[1] He was appointed to the court by former Governor Sonny Perdue in 2005 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge W.A. Foster, III.[2][3] Osborne retired from the bench on October 1, 2014, though he went on leave prior to that amidst an investigation by the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission (See below).[4][5]


Osborne received both his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Georgia.[2]




Osborne was re-elected to the Paulding Judicial Circuit after running unopposed.[6][3]

Main article: Georgia judicial elections, 2010

In the news

Bond issue investigation (2014)

An alleged conflict of interest arose when it was discovered that hundreds of bonds for people appearing before Judge Osborne came from a company called Freedom Bail Bonds. It was revealed that the judge's long-time secretary was married to the owner of that company. Additionally, Judge Osborne's wife, an attorney, signed the company's incorporation documents.

Jess Gabel, a law professor at Georgia State University, said:

Certainly a judge should never use their office to create any sort of advantage for anyone. It would be really hard for the judge to say, I didn't know that my secretary or her husband owned this company.[5][7]

The state's Judicial Qualifications Commission started an investigation, but soon after, the judge announced his retirement.[5]

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