Judge to Decide If Court Clerk Staff is Immune from Liability

Knoxville Circuit Court Judge Harold Wimberly’s ruling in the wrongful arrest of a local woman will set the stage for future lawsuits against the county in the wake of revelations that mistakes made by the Knox County Criminal Court Clerk’s office had led to wrongful arrests, unlawful detentions and improper suspension of drivers licenses. The county is seeking to dismiss the suit, aruging that government employees are immune from liability when they are carrying out routine functions of their jobs — even if they were negligent.