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Watchdog journalism brings down corrupt judge

In Advocacy on May 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm

www.hawkinstoday.com

NASHVILLE – Former Hawkins County General Sessions Court Jay Taylor has been indicted on more than 40 criminal theft charges. After months of reports in Hawkins Today, a criminal investigation launched by District Attorney Berkeley Bell, a probe by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the appointment of a special criminal investigator, interviews with numerous local officials and alleged victims, a very public search of his former law office, requests from the public defender and the attorney general’s office that he step down off the bench, the former Hawkins County General Sessions Court Judge now faces serious criminal charges.  The TBI and the AG’s office investigated the case since late last year and now Taylor has been indicted by the Davidson County Grand Jury on 41 counts of theft.

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