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UPDATED: Lesbian attorney Jane Morrison leads in race for Fulton State Court judge

Attorney Jane Morrison with her partner Joan Garner

With over 75 percent of precincts reporting, attorney Jane Morrison is leading in her bid for a seat on the Fulton County State Court, which would make her one of the first openly gay judges in Georgia and the Southeast.

Morrison currently has 60.64 percent of the vote compared to 39.1 percent for opponent Melynee Leftridge in this nonpartisan race, according to unofficial results from the Fulton County elections office.

The two are competing for the seat left open when Judge Brenda Cole retired after serving 14 years on the bench. State court handles misdemeanor criminal cases such as DUI and civil cases including contract cases and personal injury cases.

Morrison, whose partner is Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1994.

Morrison moved to Atlanta nearly two decades ago and has practiced in Georgia for 18 years. She was one of the founders of the Stonewall Bar Association. In 1996, she helped organize the organization's first annual dinner, an event that continues to attract high-profile attorneys and judges from across the state.

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Atlanta gay voter files ethics complaint in state judicial race

A gay Atlanta voter filed an ethics complaint against Fulton Magistrate Judge Melynee Leftridge on Wednesday accusing Leftridge of an “apparent elaborate scheme to funnel some $18,500 to a company responsible for maintaining a website www.pirouettesexy.com” that features “pictures of scantly clad women.”

But Leftridge counters that the company she paid — Pirouette Companies — provides legitimate campaign services, and notes it has also been used by several other candidates, including openly gay State Rep. Simone Bell.

Leftridge faces openly gay attorney Jane Morrison in a non-partisan race for an open Fulton County State Court seat to be decided in the primary just five days away. Morrison could not immediately be reached for comment on the complaint against her opponent.