Tuesday, November 28, 2023
The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has reprimanded a Knoxville municipal court judge.
The judge held at campaign event in his courtroom to which the media was invited.
He accepted a lawyer's endorsement and announced his endorsement by another attorney.
He then gave a campaign speech and took election-related questions from the media, including about his opponent
As an experienced judge with thirty-six years on the bench, you should have known that it was improper to hold a campaign event in your courtroom.
To no avail as reported by Knox News
For the first time since 1986, Knoxville will have a new municipal judge. Incumbent John Rosson lost his seat to challenger Tyler Caviness.
Rosson, 76, has served as judge since 1986 and ran on his track record of experience, arguing "if it isn't broken, don't fix it."
Caviness, a 32-year-old attorney, advocated for change throughout the campaign. He won 61.5% of the vote, promising to update the city court website and offer more accessibility in the courtroom.
Caviness received 9,450 votes to Rosson's 5,925.