January 13, 2010
Consitutional Challenge Leads To Suspension
A Nashville attorney has been suspended for 30 days, according to a recent post on the web page of the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsiblity. The post does not describe the misconduct found with any particularity but states that the attorney had "filed frivilous litigation and made statements with reckless disregard of their truth or falsity concerning judges."
The NashvillePost.com previously reported on the case, noting that the attorney had been "fighting for years to uphold a clause in the Tennessee Constitution that bars those from seeking public office to serve "meat and drink" to voters. He had also sought to declare as unconstitutional the Tennessee system for judicial retention/election and had sought recusal of all judges who had heard the case because they were either selected through that process or were appointed by someone who was.
A hearing panel had recommended public censure. Both sides appealed. A special judge appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court entered an order of 30 days suspension. The appeal of the attorney to the Supreme Court was dismissed for failure to file an appeal bond or pay the litigation tax. (Mike Frisch)
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