Knox County Trustee Eligible for Diversion

Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III, who pled guilty yesterday to a felony charge of official misconduct, will be eligible for diversion despite a law enacted by the General Assembly last year that prohibits the practice in cases where a public official is convicted of a crime related to service while in office. The new law took effect on July 1, 2012. Duncan’s guilty plea to a charge of official misconduct was based on events occurring in late 2010. Thus, the law does not apply in Duncan’s case, according to District Attorney General Randy Nichols and Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, who sponsored the bill in question. Knoxnews has the story.