Harwell asks ethics board to investigate Bebb

Harwell asks ethics board to investigate Bebb

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell has filed a complaint asking an ethics panel to investigate 10th Judicial District Attorney Steve Bebb.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Harwell said in a statement on Friday that she asked the Board of Professional Responsibility to conduct a "thorough, prompt investigation and appropriate action." Two other lawmakers have filed similar complaints.

Bebb did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

A Times Free Press series published last year detailed wide-ranging allegations of misconduct by Bebb and people he supervised.

In March, state Attorney General Robert Cooper released a report saying Bebb exhibited poor judgment and bad record-keeping, but Cooper did not find any prosecutable violations.

Harwell said lawmakers would review the findings of the ethics panel and take appropriate action.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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