Lawmakers Continue Effort to Watch Drug Task Forces

Sponsors of legislation that would increase oversight of Tennessee’s judicial drug task forces, say a recent series by the Times Free Press has motivated them to continue their efforts. The series investigated allegations of unchecked spending, lack of oversight and prosecutorial misconduct in the 10th District counties of Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk. These charges and allegations raised in other districts across Tennessee in the last two years “make legislators feel like more oversight should be needed of drug task forces.” said Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, who is chair of the House Judiciary Committee.