According to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel the Tennessee Supreme Court has benched - temporarily at least - an East Tennessee judge who refused to step away from a case involving a law firm with which he allegedly has been at war for more than a decade.
In an opinion delivered by Chief Justice Janice M. Holder, the state's highest court gave 3rd Judicial District Judge John Wilson a rare written spanking in its detailed accounting of the judge's "appearance of bias and prejudice" against a Greeneville law firm.
The judicial district includes Hawkins, Greene and Hamblen counties.
Knoxville lawyers Ann C. Short-Bowers and Ralph Harwell led the legal charge against Wilson, arguing that his long-running feud with lawyer John T. Milburn Rogers and his law firm of Rogers, Laughlin, Nunnally, Hood and Crum, left him unable to fairly try a case being handled by Rogers but too stubborn to admit it.
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