TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 4, 2014

A former Tennessee magistrate who changed a baby's first name from "Messiah" to "Martin" was censured Monday, WRCB-TV reports. Lu Ann Ballew said at the time that Messiah was a title held only by Jesus Christ. Ballew's attorneys have argued that she was acting in the child's best interest because having the name Messiah could make his life difficult. Board of Judicial Conduct Disciplinary Counsel Tim Discenza said in a phone interview with the Associated Press that a panel of the board voted unanimously for a public censure, which was probably the most serious sanction the board could take given that Ballew already lost her position.