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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 Tennessees 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.