Judge Reprimanded for Releasing Arrested Son

The Court of the Judiciary issued a public reprimand to Obion County General Sessions Court Judge Jimmy C. Smith on Monday. The move came in response to a complaint filed against the judge, relating to his decision on Oct. 15, 2011, to order the release of his son who had been arrested for driving under the influence in Obion County. Judge Smith maintained that he had no intention of hearing the case against his son and had asked for a special judge to be appointed. However, the court found that his participation in any matter involving his son was a violation of Canon 2A and Canon 3E(l)(d)(i) of the Code of Judicial Conduct. Download the reprimand from the Court of the Judiciary

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