Hawkins grand jury hands down 12 new charges against ex-Judge Taylor

ROGERSVILLE – In his Davidson County jail cell Monday former Hawkins County judge James “Jay” Taylor was served with 12 new theft related charges bringing his total to 63.

Last week he was indicted by the Davidson County Grand Jury on 41 counts of theft related to fraudulent payment claims he made to the state while serving as either juvenile or session court judge. These new charges handed down Friday by the Hawkins County Grand Jury are related to alleged thefts that occurred in his private practice. Taylor, 41, of Rogersville, remains held in the Davidson County Jail on $175,000 bond.

The Hawkins County indictments included one count of theft over $60,000, four counts of theft more than $10,000, four counts of theft more than $1,000, and three counts of money laundering. On August 9, 2011, the TBI was requested by the 3rd Judicial District Attorney General’s Office to investigate allegations of bribery and theft against Taylor.



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