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January 5, 2010

STUPID COUNTY JUDGE TRICKS

Courthouse News - A judge in Dickson County, Tenn., had officers pull a spectator out of his courtroom "on a hunch," held him in custody and made him submit to a urinalysis for drugs, the man claims in Federal Court. Benjamin Marchant claims that General Sessions Judge Durwood Moore admitted that he "routinely drug-screens 'spectators' in his courtroom if he 'thinks' they may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol." Moore allegedly called it the "routine policy of the court." Marchant says he was in Moore's courtroom supporting a friend, when Moore ordered officers to take him into custody. . . . In response to Marchant's judicial ethics complaint, Moore allegedly said that plucking suspicious spectators from his courtroom and screening them for drugs was "the routine policy of the court." Moore acknowledged he had violated Marchant's rights and was censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court's Judiciary Court, the highest form of punishment short of seeking a judge's removal from the bench, according to the complaint. The court ordered Moore to "never violate a person's constitutional rights as he did to the Plaintiff."


2 Comments:

Blogger m said...

This judge should be in jail for his outrageous criminal acts against others, not just reprimanded. Censure is not adequate punishment for acts that this man knew, or should have known were illegal.

All of the cases at which he has presided should be reviewed for judicial improprieties and bias. All officers of the court present at such behavior, who failed to take action to stop said crimes, should be disbarred.

January 5, 2010 3:52 PM  
Anonymous robbie said...

Too many judges watched 'Boston Legal'

January 6, 2010 7:15 AM  

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