Conservator Argues for ‘Absolute Judicial Immunity’

Ginger Franklin, who testified at one of the TBA’s hearings on conservatorship abuses last fall, has sued her former court-appointed conservator Jeanan Stuart, WSMV reports. The court appointed Stuart after Franklin suffered a brain injury in 2008. After Franklin recovered, she found Stuart had allowed her condo to go into foreclosure, liquidated the contents of her home and allowed her car to be towed and sold at auction. In 2010, Franklin won a two-year fight to free herself from the conservatorship. Now, she is suing Stuart in civil court for damages. Stuart's attorney, Bill Hubbard, argued during a motion hearing that Stuart should not be held liable, arguing she has immunity because she was working under the court's direction. "Conservators are entitled to absolute judicial immunity," Hubbard told Circuit Court Judge Hamilton Gayden.