Monday, April 16, 2012

Judge No Longer

Tennessee General Sessions Judge James Taylor has resigned from his judicial office effective May 1, 2012. He agreed to immediate suspension until the effective date of the resignation. As a result, formal charges will be "retired" subject to being reinstated if he becomes subject to the Code of Judicial Conduct in the future.

Knoxnews.com has this report:

In an agreement reached Friday with the Tennessee Court of Judiciary, James Taylor is immediately suspended from his position as general sessions judge in Hawkins County and will resign on May 1.

Upon his resignation, the formal charges against him will be retired, according to the agreement. But the settlement will not apply to any civil lawsuits filed against him that claim mishandling of clients' money and sexual harassment.

Taylor, who also is an attorney, was accused of taking more than $9,000 from a client for personal benefit and claiming payment for services that he didn't perform.

He is under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. No criminal charges have been filed. He also is the defendant in civil lawsuits alleging misappropriation of money from clients and sexual harassment.

Earlier, Taylor had invoked his right against self-incrimination when responded to the Court of the Judiciary's charges against him. Taylor's formal answer to the Court of the Judiciary ws signed only by him, but referred to him in the third person.

(Mike Frisch)

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