EX-JUDGE, PROSECUTOR ARRESTED

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Ex-judge, prosecutor arrested
 
 

Chris Galanos faces charges of third-degree domestic violence, third-degree criminal mischief after Friday incident
 

Tuesday, September 21, 2004By GARY McELROY
Staff Reporter
 

Former Mobile County District Attorney Chris Galanos, who later also served as a circuit judge, was arrested on charges of third-degree
domestic violence and third-degree criminal mischief Friday night, a Mobile Police Department spokesman confirmed Monday.

According to a brief arrest report that provided few details, Officer Eric Gallichant said, Galanos was taken into custody at the Schwaemmle Drive home of his ex-wife, Gwen Weed.

Gallichant said that, according to Weed, the complainant in the incident, Galanos broke out a glass door to her home and then shouted "threats" at her and their grown daughter, who was not named.

Neither Weed nor the daughter was physically harmed, Gallichant said.

Galanos left, and Weed called police. Officers were still there, according to Gallichant, when Galanos returned to the location and surrendered himself to them around 6 p.m.

He was taken downtown and booked into the Mobile County Metro Jail on the domestic violence and criminal mischief charges, officials said.

Galanos' former colleague on the Mobile Circuit bench, Judge Herman Thomas, confirmed Monday that Galanos called him around midnight Friday to inform him of his arrest and apparently to request help in his release.

Thomas said he ordered Galanos to be released on his own recognizance but not before the former judge had fulfilled the requirement in domestic violence cases of spending a 12-hour "cooling-off period" in custody.

Third-degree domestic violence usually carries bail of $300. Third-degree criminal mischief carries a typical bail amount of $500.

According to jail records, Galanos was released from Metro Jail at 6:46 a.m. Saturday, after apparently being held for the required 12-hour period, without being required to post bail.

Galanos returned a phone call placed to his office by the Mobile Register but declined to comment for the record about the Friday night incident.

Galanos, 58, was Mobile County's district attorney for more than a decade, known for his fiery, hands-on approach in prosecuting cases.

He later became a judge on Mobile County's circuit bench and resigned in 1999 to go into private practice.

Last year, in the wake of the death of Circuit Judge William McDermott, Galanos announced that he planned to run for the seat.

But he did not make those plans official, setting up the contest this November between Republican Charles Graddick and Democrat Ed Blount Jr.

Friday's incident was not the first time the ex-judge and prosecutor has been on the other side of criminal charges.

In 1983, he was charged with driving under the influence of Dexedrine, but the charges were later dropped after Galanos agreed to take a leave of absence from his position as district attorney for medical treatment.

In 1984, Galanos was charged with third-degree assault after being accused of breaking into the home of a Mobile lawyer and attacking him physically.

That charge was later dismissed.


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