Judge Takes Witness Stand in Appeals Case

In an unusual turn Tuesday, Sessions Court Judge John Walton was called to the witness stand in Criminal Court regarding Aaron Keever’s appeal of two criminal contempt convictions he received in Walton’s court. The Johnson City Press reports Keever spent several days in jail after allegedly failing to appear in court twice on charges of driving with a suspended license. Charges were dismissed after Keever's attorney stated he was held without arraignment, without notice of the facts of the charge, without notice of when the hearing would take place, and without the appointment of a lawyer.