Judge Taylor agrees to step down, court drops charges

Hawkins County Judge Taylor agrees to step down, court drops charges

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ROGERSVILLE (WATE) - Hawkins County General Sessions Judge James F. Taylor is suspended from the bench immediately and he will resign, the Court of the Judiciary announced. 

Judge Taylor reached an agreement with the Court of the Judiciary on Friday. His resignation becomes effective May 1.

In exchange for the agreement, the Court of the Judiciary will drop five counts of violating the code of judicial conduct against Judge Taylor.

While he was working part-time as an attorney, Taylor was accused of receiving more than $9,000 to invest for a client and using it for himself instead.

The charges could be reinstated if Taylor ever serves in another position that would make him subject to the judicial code of conductJudge James Taylor.

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