TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Apr 28, 2014

The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct on Friday issued a formal opinion affirming its March decision to issue a public censure of former Cocke County Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew for using religion as a basis for changing a baby’s name from Messiah to Martin. “We emphasize that Magistrate Ballew has every right to hold the very religious beliefs at issue in the case,” the opinion said. “However, the imposition of those beliefs by Magistrate Ballew on the litigants is the inappropriate conduct in this case.” Knoxnews has the story.