Hawkins Co. judge to serve four years in jail

His clients lost their savings. His constituents lost their trust in a county judge. He lost his law license, and now he’ll lose at least four years of freedom.

Former Hawkins County Judge James F. Taylor pleaded guilty Friday to stealing from Hawkins County clients in his private practice and misusing contributions he said were to install a historical documents display in the new Justice Center that included the Ten Commandments.

He received two three-year sentences, which will run concurrently, or at the same time. He is required to serve a year in jail and the remaining two years on probation. On Sept. 20, he pleaded guilty in Davidson County to theft from the Administrative Offices of the Courts by forging documents to support false billings for legal work he did not perform and was sentenced to three years.



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