Judge convicted of planting meth on woman who reported him for harassment

Bryant Cochran was chief judge of Murray County Magistrate Court when a woman reported him for hitting on her while she entered his chambers to take out assault warrants following an attack on her.

The judge later conspired to plant meth on the woman. He will be sentenced in February.

The breathtaking charges against Cochran stem from a state Judicial Qualifications Commission investigation that led to his resignation from the bench in August 2012. The judicial watchdog agency launched its probe after a Chatsworth woman said Cochran came onto her when she appeared before him to take out warrants against three people she said had assaulted her.

Cochran was indicted by a federal grand jury in May.

Ex-judge convicted of planting drugs on woman [Bill Rankin/AJC]