Judges Learn Their Fathers Were in POW Camp Together

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee has spoken often of her father's experience as a World War II POW, but it was some time before she learned he had been held in the same camp at the same time as a fellow Tennessee jurist's father. Staff Sgt. Charles James Lee of Tellico Plains and Lt. Harold Leibowitz -- the father of Criminal Court Judge Mary Beth Leibowitz and also of Knoxville lawyer Larry Leibowitz -- both ended up in a prison of war camp in Barth, Germany  before being liberated on May 13, 1945. The judges talk about their fathers experiences in this News Sentinel story. When Lee recounts these events in speeches, she also tells about others who served, including Hugh Ross, father of Criminal Court Judge Carroll Ross of Athens; David Goldin, father of Shelby County Chancellor Arnold Goldin, and E. Bruce Foster Sr., father of Knoxville lawyer Bruce Foster Jr.