published Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

14 local attorneys apply for judge vacancy

Gov. Bill Haslam now has a list of applicants for the Hamilton County General Sessions Court position temporarily vacated by Judge Ronald Durby.

Fourteen applicants filed paperwork with the governor's office by the Oct. 19 deadline.

Larry Ables, John Harvey Cameron Jr., Robert Davis, Joseph DeGaetano, Yolanda Mitchell, Richard Pettit, Robert Philyaw, Ron Powers, Janice Pulver-Lewis, W. Lloyd Stanley Jr., Lila Statom, Phillip Strang, Gerald Webb and Kevin Wilson were the names provided by Haslam's office Monday.

Citing health reasons, Durby stepped down from his judge seat on Oct. 2.

In a letter to Haslam, Durby said he was undergoing tests and treatment and hoped to "soon return to the bench."

Durby was appointed judge in 1996 and had worked as the Chancery Court clerk and master for a decade before that appointment.

There are five sessions court judges who can make rulings on crimes with penalties of less than a year in jail. Sessions judges hear nearly all cases for probable cause before determining whether the case will proceed to the grand jury for a possible indictment.

Contact staff writer Todd South at tsouth@timesfree or 423-757-6347.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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