Administrative Error Could Offer Offenders a Break

An unknown number of misdemeanor offenders in Williamson County may get a break on court-mandated penalties due to a mistake with their paperwork. Officials told Nashville's News 2 that the problem stems from someone other than a general sessions judge signing the warrants in question. Franklin defense attorney David Veile first noticed the discrepancy in one of his client's cases. Because the warrant was signed by a judge’s administrative assistant, it will not be enforced. District Attorney General Kim Helper said the impact of the error should not be too severe since, for the majority of defendants, new warrants will be signed by a judge and cases will continue as normal.