TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 6, 2013

Richard Hughes has announced he will run for a second term as 10th Judicial District public defender, Chattanoogan.com reports. Hughes, a Republican, has served in the position since 2005. Prior to being elected public defender, he served as an assistant public defender in the office for 15 years. The district covers Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties. Hughes touts his efforts to beef up investigative functions of the office by hiring lawyers for those roles and for opening a second office in Madisonville. He also cites his involvement in the creation of a district-wide drug court, his work adding juvenile court dockets in two counties and his interest in creating a workhouse program in Bradley County as examples of his leadership.