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Judge Cline dies after nearly 20 years on the bench
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 28, 2014 | 929 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Superior Court James Cline in his usual location behind the bench. Cline was one of five Superior Court Judges for the Ocmulgee Circuit that includes the counties of Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones Morgan, Hancock, Putnam, and Willkinson.
Superior Court James Cline in his usual location behind the bench. Cline was one of five Superior Court Judges for the Ocmulgee Circuit that includes the counties of Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones Morgan, Hancock, Putnam, and Willkinson.
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Superior Court Judge James L. Cline Jr. died Aug. 21 after serving as a judge in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit for 19 years.

Cline was 62 at the time of this death and lived in Greensboro.

He was appointed to the bench in July of 1995 by Gov. Zell Miller. Cline was well known to many in Jones County because, in addition to being a judge, he served as assistant district attorney for eight years while Joe Briley was the district attorney.

He was appointed by Miller to serve out the term vacated by Briley when he retired in August of 1994.

Cline ran for the position in the November 1994 election but lost to Fred Bright, who still serves the Ocmulgee Circuit district attorney.

Following the election, the judge went to work as an assistant district attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit in the Bibb County office.

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