Hawkins Co. judge charged with violating judicial conduct code

Hawkins County judge charged with violating judicial conduct code

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Judge James Taylor Judge James Taylor

ROGERSVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary on Tuesday charged Hawkins County General Sessions Court Judge James F. Taylor with five counts of violating the code of judicial conduct.

According to the court, while Taylor was still working part-time as an attorney he received more than $9,000 to invest for his client.

It's money Taylor allegedly used for his own purposes.

Judge Taylor has 30 days to file a response to the charges.

He was punished in 2011 for his role in a Ten Commandments display at the courthouse. The state judicial ethics panel said it was wrong for Taylor to raise money for the project.

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