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Rodney Bearden

A man attempting to bolster his credentials to persuade a Cherokee County judge in a civil case was instead arrested on criminal charges Monday, sheriff’s office and court records show.

Rodney Bearden, 69, of Ball Ground is accused of referring to himself as an “ex officio judge” in multiple court documents in an eviction case, though he hasn’t been a judge since the late 1970s, according to his arrest warrant. Bearden was a justice of the peace in Fulton County from 1973 to 1977, according to a document filed in the court system. In the warrant filed by the Cherokee Sheriff's Office, police say he has not held public office since then.

Bearden’s first reference to himself as a judge appears in an April response to the court’s dismissal of his case, in which he was seeking to have the occupants of a Ball Ground home evicted.

“Being as I am an ex officio Judge My Self, Judges have the right to use Inherent Powers of (discretion) as Judges under Circumstances in these situations,” Bearden wrote.

In the latest filing, submitted last week, Bearden attempts to issue a “judicial override” and orders sheriff’s deputies to carry out the eviction.

Court records show that the property in the civil case is in the same neighborhood as Bearden’s home.

Bearden is charged with impersonating a public officer and filing a false lien. He was arrested and booked into the Cherokee County jail Monday, and was released Tuesday on a $5,424 bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

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