The Tennessee Attorney General’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct and financial improprieties in the 10th Judicial District.
The attorney general’s office said the investigation was called “relative to issues that have been raised” in the district’s four counties of Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk.
The Times Free Press recently published a six-day investigative series that explored allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and misuse of public money.
The announcement from the Tennessee Attorney General’s office said the Office of the State Comptroller will assist in this investigation, and that the attorney general will decide at the end “whether any further legal proceedings are warranted.”
Moments before the release from the attorney general’s office, 10th District DA Steve Bebb faxed a statement to the Times Free Press stating that he had asked for appointment of a pro tem district attorney to “investigate any allegations of impropriety in this office, either by myself or any employee.”
See complete story in Tuesday’s Times Free Press.
Judy Walton has worked 25 years at the Chattanooga Times and the Times Free Press as an editor and reporter focusing on government coverage and investigations. At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer. Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree ...