Douglas County Probate Court- Judge Christina J. Peterson, arrest, Atlanta

Judge Allegedly Assaults Police Officer, Faces Felony Assault Charges

Christina Peterson was arrested in Atlanta after allegedly striking an officer in the head.

A controversial Douglas County, Georgia, probate court judge faces a myriad of charges, including felony obstruction of a police officer by using threats or violence and simple battery against a police officer.

Judge Christina Peterson was arrested June 20.

According to FOX 5, which obtained an Atlanta Police report, an officer was allegedly assaulted while working at the Peachtree Road Red Martini Restaurant and Lounge.

The report stated that the officer went to speak with Peterson, who looked to be upset and crying in the valet area of the restaurant and lounge in the early morning hours. However, after the Atlanta officer approached Peterson, he said he was reportedly struck in the head by her. 

Peterson “appeared to be under the influence” and repeatedly refused to identify herself to the arresting officer, according to court records. Even after she was brought into jail, Peterson didn’t tell officers her name. She only revealed her identity after telling the arresting officers to notify a different officer to come and receive her statement.

Peterson also waived her first appearance in front of the Fulton County Magistrate Court on June 20. 

This is not the first time Peterson has found herself in hot water. In April, Peterson was investigated and subsequently found guilty of “systemic incompetence” by a Judicial Qualifications Commission panel, which recommended she be removed from office.

After facing 30 separate counts of misconduct, the panel determined Peterson consistently ignored the rules of the courthouse and “abused courthouse personnel, made inappropriate posts on social media and, in repeated cases, failed to do her job.”

Before her Judicial Qualifications Commission panel investigation, Peterson was additionally the “subject of several FOX 5 I-Team investigations” after she took her position in late 2020.

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