Jason Marbutt to run for Cobb State Court Judgeship

Jason Marbutt for article about his Superior Court candidacyJason Marbutt (photo courtesy of Jason Marbutt)

Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney Jason Marbutt has announced his candidacy for State Court judge.

He will be running for Post 6, Division I, which is an open seat due to the retirement of Judge Toby Prodgers, who has been a State Court judge since 1995.

The State Court hears non-felony criminal cases, all civil cases which are not under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Superior Court, and traffic cases.

“As a prosecutor, I’ve been in the arena of public service and have made the tough choices on how to best deliver justice for victims while also helping those who have made mistakes find redemption and lead lives of purpose,” Marbutt said in the press release announcing his candidacy. “This experience and my commitment to the Constitution will allow me to serve on the bench fairly, firmly, and with fidelity to the rule of law.”

Marbutt is probably best known for his work on the elder abuse issue, as chairman of the Cobb Elder Abuse Task Force (CEATF) and the head of the Elder Abuse Unit in the District Attorney’s office.

But in a phone conversation with the Courier this afternoon, he told the Courier, “I’ve only been doing the elder abuse stuff for about the past six years. But I’ve been a prosecutor for 14 to 15. So I’ve handled a wide range of conduct and in fact I began as a prosecutor in the solicitor’s office back in 2005, so  I have worked and began my career in a courthouse, really, working in State Court.”

Marbutt said that among his high profile cases as a prosecutor was the criminal prosecution in the notorious Six Flags beating case, in which a young man was hospitalized in a brutal gang attack while waiting at a bus stop with his brother and a friend.

He said that while the criminal case was tried in Superior Court, the civil suit arising from the attack was handled in State Court.

Marbutt said that as the head of the DA’s office White Collar Unit, he has handled many complex cases that intersect with the business community, including racketeering cases.

“In State Court there’s a natural synergy between criminal and civil,” he said. “I’d say that roughly half the stuff that a Division 1 judge would do is civil practice, and half of his work is going to be criminal work. A lot of the Fourth Amendment work happens over there, a lot of the heavy lifting and motions practice for criminal cases is going to be there.”

“I believe I’m uniquely suited and qualified to do the work that State Court entails, because of my wide breadth of experience throughout my career,” he said.

Marbutt is also an adjunct faculty member at the Emory University School of Law, where his areas of expertise are listed as “Criminal Prosecution, Elder Abuse, White Collar, Public Integrity.”

The election for the non-partisan State Court seat will be held May 19, 2020.

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2 Comments on "Jason Marbutt to run for Cobb State Court Judgeship"

  1. This MUST be stopped! Marbutt (under supervision of Reynolds) & along with their good ‘ole boy little buddies Flournoy & Warren & ‘defense attorney’, Willingham, who allowed a CONVICTED felon to AGAIN & AGAIN walk freely with his elderly mother in tow …
    STUDY more in depth the RICHARD MERRITT case.
    Is THIS (Marbutt) or ANY of these collaborators the despicable type you want as a ‘Superior Judge’ or further allowed to dictate on ANY level???
    Those in the ‘Georgia Bubble’ who enable & protect ‘their own’ are in continual motion to widen their grip.
    Please STOP IT before it is so out of control it reaches a point of no return (very close now). They’re beyond so bold, egregious & blasphemous that they use a church pulpit to spew their wrongness – they actually believe their vile, false rhetoric!
    This isn’t about ‘politics’ – this is about these specific individuals (& their complicit lateral ‘authority’, ‘assistants’ or underlings as they see them & others) who viciously ABUSE VICTIMS of crimes including Elderly/Disabled victims (horrific Elder Abuse).
    They conceal, are liars & blatantly manipulate when it is ‘ONE OF THEIR OWN’ who is, & has been for an extensively LONG time, GUILTY of horrific crimes …
    and these named & others
    close-knit KNEW it fully!!!
    These wrongly “appointed” people (& the ‘appointers’) build themselves up by False Impressions & accolades – create ‘awards’ & ‘superior titles’ to falsely uplift themselves in the public view! However look ‘behind the scenes’ AND at their overt actions – Their TRUE characters are easily uncovered via documentations, first hand knowledge, etc. and are blatantly clear!!!
    There is an underbelly that is unfathomable.
    True justice & accountability, we pray, is imminent.

  2. This MUST be stopped! Marbutt (under supervision of Reynolds) & along with their good ‘ole boy little buddies Flournoy & Warren & ‘defense attorney’, Willingham, who allowed a CONVICTED felon to AGAIN & AGAIN walk freely with his elderly mother in tow …
    STUDY more in depth the RICHARD MERRITT case.
    Is THIS (Marbutt) or ANY of these collaborators the despicable type you want as a ‘Superior Judge’ or further allowed to dictate on ANY level???
    Those in the ‘Georgia Bubble’ who enable & protect ‘their own’ are in continual motion to widen their grip. Please STOP IT before it is so out of control it reaches a point of no return (very close now). They’re beyond so bold, egregious & blasphemous that they use a church pulpit to spew their wrongness – they actually believe their vile, false rhetoric!
    This isn’t about ‘politics’ – this is about these specific individuals (& their complicit lateral ‘authority’, ‘assistants’ or underlings as they see them) who viciously ABUSE VICTIMS of crimes including Elderly/Disabled victims … They conceal, omit, are liars & blatantly manipulate when it is ‘ONE OF THEIR OWN’ who is, & has been for an extensively LONG time, GUILTY of horrific crimes …
    and these named & others
    close-knit KNEW it fully!!!
    These wrongly “appointed” people (& the ‘appointers’) build themselves up by False Impressions & accolades – create ‘awards’ & ‘superior titles’ to falsely uplift themselves in the public view! However look ‘behind the scenes’ AND at their overt actions – Their TRUE characters are easily uncovered via documentations, first hand knowledge and are blatantly transparent!!!
    There is an underbelly that is unfathomable.
    True justice & accountability, we pray, is imminent.

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