Judge Watkins to Face Hearing in February

A Putnam County Family Court judge accused of delaying rulings and screaming at litigants won't see a delay in the disciplinary proceedings against him. The Associated Press reports that the state Supreme Court denied Family Court Judge William Watkins' request on Thursday, after Watkins' lawyer filed a motion asking the court to delay the proceedings. The defense says Watkins has filed for disability and plans to retire. The state Judicial Investigation Commission recommends Watkins be suspended without pay until his term ends on Dec. 31, 2016. The justices will hear Watkins' case Feb. 5.