Magistrate Who Ordered Baby’s Name Changed Now Seeking 4th District Court Seat - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 16, 2018
A former Cocke County magistrate who once ordered a baby’s name changed over the parent’s objections is running for the 4th Judicial District Circuit Court bench, Knoxnews reports. Lu Ann Ballew appears on the May 1 Republican primary ballot challenging incumbent Judge Carter Moore, who was appointed to fill the seat of retiring Judge Ben Hooper last year. Ballew earned national attention in 2013 when she ordered baby Messiah DeShawn McCullough’s name to be changed, because “Messiah is a title that is held only by Jesus Christ.” Her decision was later overturned, she was removed as magistrate and the Board of Judicial Conduct issued a public censure of her.