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Judge Douglas Pullen to retire after 15 years on bench

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - A Muscogee County Judge, who has sat on the bench for more than 15 years, is stepping down.

Judge Douglas Pullen has submitted his letter of retirement to Governor Nathan Deal. 

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All of this in the midst of an investigation by the judicial qualification committee. They have been looking in to over $33 million left over from class action law suits.

Judge Pullen has approved several contributions of the money to organizations in and around Columbus and universities such as Mercer University, his alma mater.

"If you take all records and see the money we started with and then subtract all the money given away, you would see zero," says Pullen. "If I had millions in my pocket this would be a long distance call."

Pullen recently came under fire in connection to a case he handled in which Melvin Moseley, a man convicted of child molestation, was sentenced to prison in 2003 but never served the time.

It's unclear why Moseley, 70, never served the sentence, but Pullen told the Associated Press that the case was a factor in his decision to retire and "I made a mistake like I have never made in my whole life" in the Moseley case.

His last day will be next week September 1st. 

Copyright 2011 WXTX. All Rights Reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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