TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 22, 2016

The state Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed a lower court's ruling that Knox County Circuit Court Judge Bill Ailor cannot use judicial immunity in the August 2014 firing of judicial assistant Judith Moore-Pennoyer, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Attorney David Dunaway sued Ailor on behalf of Moore-Pennoyer after Ailor fired her following his successful election to the bench. The state Attorney General's Office filed on behalf of Ailor to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming judges are immune from lawsuits over employment decisions. Read the opinion.