TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 13, 2014

Rutherford County Assistant District Attorney Laural Hemenway was fired last week after a verbal altercation with Circuit Court Judge Keith Siskin in September, that led to an official complaint from the judge about her behavior in the courtroom, the Daily News Journal reports. According to the paper, Hemenway had previously agreed not to ask a rape defendant about a past arrest but then did so in open court. The action led Siskin to call for a mistrial. Hemenway then allegedly accused Siskin of sexism and running a courtroom that was a “hostile environment for a female.” Hemenway now claims the firing was based on her age and health issues rather than the exchange in court. On the same day Hemenway was fired, circuit court cases were reassigned with Judge Royce Taylor taking over the criminal docket and Siskin taking over civil cases.