Judge McKenzie Reprimanded for Inappropriate Comments

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has issued a public reprimand to Rhea County General Sessions Judge James McKenzie based on two incidents in late 2012. One incident concerned comments made about an attorney appearing in McKenzie’s courtroom, while another involved comments made in the presence of a courtroom employee’s spouse and others outside the courtroom. The board determined that this conduct violated Rule 1.2 of Canon 1 of the Code of Judicial Conduct.