TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 2, 2016

U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley today denied a request by Gregory P. Isaacs, attorney for State Rep. Joe Armstrong, to remove language of Armstrong as a lawmaker from his indictment. Armstrong, D-Knoxville, pleaded not guilty to federal fraud and tax evasion charges in connection to an increase in the state's cigarette tax. Isaacs argued prosecutors are “trying to poison jurors” because they are already skeptical of politicians. Shirley barred both sides from talking political ethics, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.