TN Court of Criminal Appeals judge can work despite DUI arrest

A state Court of Criminal Appeals judge can continue hearing cases, including those related to driving under the influence, despite his own arrest Monday night on a DUI charge, court officials said.

Although the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Code of Judicial Conduct states that judges “shall respect and comply with the law,” nothing in the rules precludes them from hearing cases when facing a misdemeanor charge.

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Jerry L. Smith was arrested Monday night while in Knoxville and now faces two misdemeanor charges related to driving under the influence.

http://www.wbir.com/news/article/217849/2/TN-Court-of-Criminal-Appeals-judge-can-work-despite-DUI-arrest

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