Hawkins Co. judge resigns over misconduct charges

A Hawkins County judge accused of judicial misconduct has agreed to resign.

Judge James Taylor is accused of taking more than $9,000 from a client for personal benefit and claiming payment to serve as counsel in cases that came before him as a general sessions judge.

On Friday, the Court of the Judiciary announced that Taylor has agreed to an immediate suspension and will resign effective May 1.

This action settles the misconduct charges before the Court of the Judiciary, but “in no way affects or applies to any other actions or litigation that may arise from the facts alleged in these formal charges.”



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