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Tennessee Watchdog ^ | 12/23/2009 | Tennessee Watchdog

Posted on 01/07/2010 4:25:44 AM PST by The Magical Mischief Tour

Details are scarce when it comes to the discipline handed out to Tennessee judges by the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary (COJ), but the available public record details a wide range of offenses over the last decade by members of the judiciary.

Our special report released today, “A Jury of Their Peers,” details the secretive world of Tennessee’s system of judicial accountability.

Tennessee Watchdog through an open records request to the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts found 23 instances where the COJ has taken public action against judges in the last decade. The 21 documents below detail those actions. The 23 public actions include three judges who have been disciplined twice each.

1999-6-3 AGREED ORDER Judge Don Davis

1999-10-25 – DEFERRED DISCIPLINE AGREEMENT Judge Charles N. Griffith

2003-3-28 – CENSURE Judge Shannon A. Jones

2005-4-12 – REPRIMAND Juvenile Referee Harold W. Horne

2006-1-24 – SUSPENSION Judge Thomas A. Austin

2006-12-06 REPRIMAND Judge David L. Brand

2007-1-3 REPRIMAND Juvenile Referee Linda J. OnKotz

2007-5-24 – CENSURE Judge A. Andrew Jackson

2007-09-07 REPRIMAND Judge Clara Byrd

2008-2-19 – REPRIMAND Judge Burton D. Glover Reprimand

2008-3-28 REPRIMAND Judge Dennis W. Humphrey

2008-5-16 – CENSURE Judge A. Andrew Jackson

2008-9-23 – AGREED ORDER Judge John A. Bell

2008-10-14- REPRIMAND Judge Charles Rich

2009- 5-12 AGREED ORDER Magistrate Terry Potts

2009-2-17 – REPRIMAND Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett

2009-4-9 – REPRIMAND Judge John W. Walton

2009-5-1 – CENSURE Judge Durwood G. Moore

2009-5-1 – CENSURE #2 Judge Durwood G. Moore

2009-5-15 AGREED ORDER & RESIGNATION Judge Ronald E. Darby

2009-8-29 – REPRIMAND Judge Charles Rich

In addition, our records request turned up two other sets of public documents detailing proceedings involving judges that did not end in COJ discipline against the judge. In one case, the former presiding judge of the COJ had to step down from that position because he himself was the target of a COJ complaint. It is not in the public record how that complaint was resolved.

Judge Thomas J. Seeley

Judge Walter F. Williams

In an effort to complete our readers’ access to public documents on the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, we are also providing in this post all available statistical reports from the COJ.


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