Judge Caudell to serve on State Supreme Court

Mountain Judicial Circuit Chief Judge B. Chan Caudell will serve on the State Supreme Court in the appeal hearing of a Gwinnett County man convicted of sexually molesting 16 children.

Judge Caudell had been designated earlier to serve in place of Justice Michael P. Boggs to hear the arguments, but the trial was postponed from the original September 12 date.

The new hearing date in Atlanta is now October 3 at 2p.m.

Designated judges are appointed when a Supreme Court Justice must recuse himself or herself from a particular case.

The Supreme Court of Georgia maintains a list of select judges from around the state and when the need arises, the Court appoints the next judge on the list.

In 2014, Harry Brett Taylor was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of more than 30 child molestation charges.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Lawrenceville man had more than 1,000 photographs on his computer of naked children, including some of Taylor molesting the children.

Some victims were relatives of Taylor, and others were children he met as a Cub Scout den leader.

According to court documents, Taylor is asking the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction because he believes a search warrant used to collect evidence from his computer was invalid.