- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Campbell County judge under criminal indictment after being accused of mishandling cases wants the charges dropped.

General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons was suspended from the bench in August following a state investigation after she was accused of lying and misusing her authority in two cases.

Her attorney, Wade Davies, filed two motions seeking the dismissal of four counts of official misconduct against Sammons, the Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/2dOqBk0) reported.

In one, Davies argues the charges should be dropped because Sammons was just doing her job - even if she didn’t do it well.

“Obviously, judges err,” Davies wrote. “The statutory remedy for those errors is appeal. For the state to make a post-hoc determination that a judicial act was somehow criminal renders the (official misconduct) statute unconstitutional as applied.”

In the other, he contends that a prosecutor gave no reason for bowing out of a case and asking for a special prosecutor.

“This presents a constitutional issue that is important not just to (Sammons), but the citizens of the district,” the motion stated. “If the voters agree, as we allege, that this prosecution is unfounded, they will have no recourse at the ballot box.”

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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