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'Messiah' judge charged

Published: 11:09 PM, 10/25/2013 Last updated: 11:10 PM, 10/25/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-In formal action arising from a judge's decision to not let parents give the first name "Messiah" to their infant, disciplinary counsel for the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct in Nashville filed formal charges against the Honorable Lu Ann Ballew, Child Support Magistrate, of the Fourth Judicial District, which includes Cocke County, on Wednesday, Oct. 23.An investigative panel made of up three members of the board, following "a full investigation", determined that there is "reasonable cause" to believe the magistrate committed "judicial offense" in violation of Tennessee Code Annotated 175-302, when she changed the male infant's name from "Messiah" to "Martin", which is the mother's last name.For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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