TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Mar 27, 2014

U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp awarded nearly $700,000 to a mentally disabled Clay County couple victimized by sexual and financial abuse for more than six years by a court-appointed conservator Walter M. Strong. "Defendant had complete control over plaintiffs' lives and their money and he used that control for his own needs and evil desires," Sharp wrote in a 12-page order issued Tuesday. The case first came to light last year as the state General Assembly was considering a series of reforms in the state conservatorship laws. Those changes, including provisions to provide additional protections to wards, were approved and went into effect July 1. The Tennessean has the story.