State disciplinary panel reprimands General Sessions Judge James W. McKenzie

There are 20 comments on the www.rheacountyinformer.com story from Dec 14, 2010, titled State disciplinary panel reprimands General Sessions Judge James W. McKenzie . In it, www.rheacountyinformer.com reports that:

The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary has reprimanded General Sessions Court Judge James W. McKenzie of Dayton. The court, the disciplinary arm for state judges, said Monday that McKenzie as a landlord permitted an attorney who rented office space from him to appear before him. The judiciary court further said McKenzie in another matter used an expletive "wholly improper for a courtroom setting."

Join the discussion below, or Read more at www.rheacountyinformer.com.

First Prev
of 2
Next Last

“Unity in Our Community”

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#1 Dec 14, 2010
The proactive people in this matter have indeed serviced justice for all of the people that McKenzie ever disrespected, in his courtroom and out. I personally would like to thank you as being one of these people he was rude and disrespectful to. It is also to see someone who holds people accountable for actions also be held accountable for his own actions. Thank you again sincerely.
So what

Dayton, TN

#2 Dec 14, 2010
All this was is a little slap on the butt cheeks. McKenzie did nothing more than inadvertently rent a lawyer an office to have a law practice. It isn't like they were love bugs or anything. Simple oversight. Then the next think the Honorable Judge did was say a few words that some people may have held offensive. Instead of dragging out the process the judge simply acknowledged that he was perhaps wrong in his choice of words and showed remorse. Judge McKenzie has strigently upheld his office and is "HONORABLE" in every sense of the term.

I hope this is the last we hear of this.
You must be joking

Cleveland, TN

#3 Dec 14, 2010
You obviously haven't been to court when the "Honorable" judge McKenzie was in a snit, screaming and cursing at everyone that came before him. I have never been before him, but I am a business owner and had to go to his court over someone shop-lifting in my establishment. I was shocked and appauled. He needs to do more than apologize. He needs to step down. He is burned out and jaded. The office rental might have been an oversight, I can see that, but I assure you, the yelling and apparent need to belittle those who appear before him is no mistake!!!!
anyone can change

Chattanooga, TN

#4 Dec 14, 2010
You must be joking wrote:
You obviously haven't been to court when the "Honorable" judge McKenzie was in a snit, screaming and cursing at everyone that came before him. I have never been before him, but I am a business owner and had to go to his court over someone shop-lifting in my establishment. I was shocked and appauled. He needs to do more than apologize. He needs to step down. He is burned out and jaded. The office rental might have been an oversight, I can see that, but I assure you, the yelling and apparent need to belittle those who appear before him is no mistake!!!!
Maybe now he will be a little kinder to the low life criminals he has to deal with on a daily basis. We all know the creeps deserve respect, they have been so RESPECTFUL themselves.
NVU

Cleveland, TN

#5 Dec 14, 2010
anyone can change wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe now he will be a little kinder to the low life criminals he has to deal with on a daily basis. We all know the creeps deserve respect, they have been so RESPECTFUL themselves.
I could not agree more. I have been present in this judges court room, not as a defendant mind you...It's my opinion that most of the people that he sees in his court room he probably sees more than his own family. I personally cant imagine having to deal with the same low life, dead beat, drug dealin, no child support payin, I only cooked meth to support my family, idiots on a regular basis...If you ask me if these peoples mammas would have treated them the way the judge does they might not be in his court in the first place.
Say What

Dayton, TN

#6 Dec 14, 2010
I don't know what to say to comment #2 by So what. I mean unless you have your head burried about 9 inches up McKenzie's azz (putting it very mildly, mind you) there is no way a sane person could rationalize Jimmy McKenzie in that way. Hell, I was once a victim and was treated as a criminal in his so-called-court. I hope to see more complaints. I hope to see the Rhea County Commission draft a resolution to have the COUNTY ATTORNEY oust him from office. He has no business being a judge.
NVU

Cleveland, TN

#7 Dec 14, 2010
Say What wrote:
I don't know what to say to comment #2 by So what. I mean unless you have your head burried about 9 inches up McKenzie's azz (putting it very mildly, mind you) there is no way a sane person could rationalize Jimmy McKenzie in that way. Hell, I was once a victim and was treated as a criminal in his so-called-court. I hope to see more complaints. I hope to see the Rhea County Commission draft a resolution to have the COUNTY ATTORNEY oust him from office. He has no business being a judge.
well I have many people claim they were the victim look facts are facts and if you are a stand up decent tax payin hard workin never been arrested person he has no reason to be ugly to you and in my experience is a kind smart witty man
Say What

Dayton, TN

#8 Dec 14, 2010
NVU wrote:
<quoted text>well I have many people claim they were the victim look facts are facts and if you are a stand up decent tax payin hard workin never been arrested person he has no reason to be ugly to you and in my experience is a kind smart witty man
That may be correct. In other words, as long as I walk the straight and narrow path I don't have to worry about the Devil, right? Never speed and never worry about a cop, right? Never have compassion for those arrested by cops that can't even spell out the offense much less know what it is they arrest the person for. Maybe I could just shove my head in the sand and ignore good, decent people guilty of nothing more than being a poor "turd" as the cops love to call them, right?

Listen pal, this is my last comment on this judge. I have no use for the man and I do not plan on seeing him, especially in a court setting. BUT, if I am arrested on some lame ass bogus charge the I am presumed to be INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. I suggest you pull some records (easily done, right?) and see just how many charges are dropped and if these "poor turds" (as they call them) could afford decent attorneys then many more chgarges would be dropped. Either way, I hope to see more complaints come about and this single complaint may be the spark that flames other complaints. Personally, I think it is nice to know that we all have someone either as an equal or above us and in that regard that within itself means someone is "beneath" us as well. As for him being "smart and witty", certainly he is. I never challeged the man's intelligence. I think the argument could be levied that there are plenty of slick talking smart clever witty men around here and just as many whore hopping drunken wife beaters. I guess we can just pick a boat and get on it ;)
NVU

Cleveland, TN

#9 Dec 14, 2010
Say What wrote:
<quoted text>That may be correct. In other words, as long as I walk the straight and narrow path I don't have to worry about the Devil, right? Never speed and never worry about a cop, right? Never have compassion for those arrested by cops that can't even spell out the offense much less know what it is they arrest the person for. Maybe I could just shove my head in the sand and ignore good, decent people guilty of nothing more than being a poor "turd" as the cops love to call them, right?
Listen pal, this is my last comment on this judge. I have no use for the man and I do not plan on seeing him, especially in a court setting. BUT, if I am arrested on some lame ass bogus charge the I am presumed to be INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY. I suggest you pull some records (easily done, right?) and see just how many charges are dropped and if these "poor turds" (as they call them) could afford decent attorneys then many more chgarges would be dropped. Either way, I hope to see more complaints come about and this single complaint may be the spark that flames other complaints. Personally, I think it is nice to know that we all have someone either as an equal or above us and in that regard that within itself means someone is "beneath" us as well. As for him being "smart and witty", certainly he is. I never challeged the man's intelligence. I think the argument could be levied that there are plenty of slick talking smart clever witty men around here and just as many whore hopping drunken wife beaters. I guess we can just pick a boat and get on it ;)
you do make some great points however I stand by my theory that you keep on the right side of the law and guess what...no worries. could you please tell me why it is ok for someone who cant spell out an offense to commit it. That one does have me baffled
hes an idiot

Dayton, TN

#10 Dec 15, 2010
you dont have to be a tainted person to be in mckenzies court room. you might be a lawyer, another person just sitting in to watch, or someone who has to work near the idiot! you may have had to be in his court room for any reason other than being there for doing bad things. but no matter the reason, there is NO EXCUSE for him cussing and belittling anyone, telling crappy jokes, or making fun of someone! no matter what, no one deserves mckenzie's constantly mouthing off on anyone. that's a fact and i have seen it happen over and over again and NO i wasn't there cause I did anything wrong.
reprimand was good

Dayton, TN

#11 Dec 15, 2010
I am happy the court publicly reprimanded McKenzie. If you want to read the reprimand look here:

http://www.tsc.state.tn.us/geninfo/COJ/docume...

When I saw this was a public reprimand I thought he got off too light. But, the public reprimand says a lot.

FIRST: McKenzie did wrong by renting to a lawyer who regularly appeared before him.

SECOND: He used language "wholly inappropriate" for a coourtroom setting. What the reprimand does not say is that McKezie said in Court something along the lines of "calling off FUCKING court," and not in adult court but in juvenile court ( in front of kids ).

THIRD: McKenzie agreed to accept the public reprimand and he, McKenzie, admitted he did wrong.

I can tell you one last thing, the reprimand says the investigation did not reveal any favoritism toward the lawyer ( Susan Arnold ) who rented from McKenzie. That was not much of an investigation and it could not have gone any farther than the Court of the Judiciary asking McKenzie, " Did you show favoritism? " Then, McKenzie saying "No."

I know McKenzie should have been kicked out of office. However, we at least got a public acknowledgement that McKenzie violated ethics rules and he knows he is under close watch now. I bet it in not near as much fun now for that pudgy little jerk to set up there on that bench. Now it has to run through his mind that the next time he cusses or knowingly acts in a bad manner, it may be the last.
butercup

United States

#12 Dec 15, 2010
i can tell u from personal experience that he is a very disrespectful man and a person like that doesnt need 2 b a judge he belittes people and its wrong of him 2 do that i was called a piece of shit by him n front of the whole court room and when i told him i thought the same of him he held me n contempt he.is a ruthless arrogant selfless human being n my book he is not a good man an if he cant b a gpod man how can he b a good judge

Since: Mar 09

Rhea County, TN

#13 Dec 15, 2010
butercup wrote:
i can tell u from personal experience that he is a very disrespectful man and a person like that doesnt need 2 b a judge he belittes people and its wrong of him 2 do that i was called a piece of shit by him n front of the whole court room and when i told him i thought the same of him he held me n contempt he.is a ruthless arrogant selfless human being n my book he is not a good man an if he cant b a gpod man how can he b a good judge
If you was called that ... file a complaint like everyone else is doing... If there are enought complaints, maybe there will be more investigation. and more stiffer penalties
Ann Vaughn Martin

Collinsville, VA

#14 Dec 15, 2010
I have nothing but the highest respect for Judge McKenzie.Yes we forget that judges as well as ministers are human and can make mistakes. I have known the judge for 50 years and know that even though he may have rented an apartment to an attorney that tried cases in his court it would never affect his rulings in the cases themselves. As for the language I have regretted cursing when I have been upset even in worship services once or twice. Whew thank God that He forgives us more than we demonstrate forgivness toward others when they make mistakes. Wait!!! Is it not in the Holy Scriptures " Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."

Since: Sep 10

Cleveland, TN

#15 Dec 15, 2010
Ann Vaughn Martin wrote:
I have nothing but the highest respect for Judge McKenzie.Yes we forget that judges as well as ministers are human and can make mistakes. I have known the judge for 50 years and know that even though he may have rented an apartment to an attorney that tried cases in his court it would never affect his rulings in the cases themselves. As for the language I have regretted cursing when I have been upset even in worship services once or twice. Whew thank God that He forgives us more than we demonstrate forgivness toward others when they make mistakes. Wait!!! Is it not in the Holy Scriptures " Let him who is without sin cast the first stone."
Im not really going to comment on this subject much but how can you set and say it would never affect cases in his court room?
suggestion

Dayton, TN

#16 Dec 15, 2010
butercup wrote:
i can tell u from personal experience that he is a very disrespectful man and a person like that doesnt need 2 b a judge he belittes people and its wrong of him 2 do that i was called a piece of shit by him n front of the whole court room and when i told him i thought the same of him he held me n contempt he.is a ruthless arrogant selfless human being n my book he is not a good man an if he cant b a gpod man how can he b a good judge
You just stated a perfect basis for a complaint. I suggest you file a complaint against him and word it basically how you just did. These complaints need not be exact, just express your problems in writing. I wonder if misconduct in office or official oppression (both felonies) apply to a judge? Seems the law applies to everyone.
HesOut

Cleveland, TN

#17 Dec 16, 2010
McKenzie has been this way for many, many years. Back in the 1960's when I was a teenager, I was down at the old Roller's swimming pool on Old Graysville Road. Jimmy Mckenzie was there on that particular day. As many of you may know, he didn't go to high school in Dayton, but attended the 'prestegious' TMI school in Sweetwater.

Anyway, McKenzie was doing cannonballs off the high diving board, and was splashing water all over people nearby. There was one guy standing there that was about 20 years old and was fully clothed. He warned Mckenzie 3 or 4 times to quit it. Our ole judge-to-be just kept on. The guy waited around until McKenzie went to the changing room to change clothes. McKenzie came out with his nice clean rich boy clothes and walked by the deep end on the way to his car. The guy who had been splashed by McKenzie was waiting for him and pushed him into the deep end.....fully clothed. There were about 30 people there at that time, and you'd better believe there was a great roar of approval.

On another matter, I know a young lady who was in McKenzie's court a few months back. Her case was to be at about 10:00 am, but McKenzie didn't show, and didn't show, and didn't show. Finally, her attorney told her that he (attorney) had to go to Chattanooga for another case, so he left. Finally, sometime in the early afternoon McKenzie showed up and started yelling at the lady that she should know she should have an attorney and making fun of her for not having one. The District Attorney spoke up and told the judge that the lady had been there about all day waiting. McKenzie looked at him and said, "Whose side are you on anyway?"

So this is just typical stuff that people are finally getting fed up about.
see

Dunlap, TN

#18 Dec 16, 2010
butercup wrote:
i can tell u from personal experience that he is a very disrespectful man and a person like that doesnt need 2 b a judge he belittes people and its wrong of him 2 do that i was called a piece of shit by him n front of the whole court room and when i told him i thought the same of him he held me n contempt he.is a ruthless arrogant selfless human being n my book he is not a good man an if he cant b a gpod man how can he b a good judge
You are so right, went to talk to him about some papers that I got copies of that another attorney had written, which was not true. He laughed at me, snarled at me and his answer was, sooooooo. take it up with the attorney. What good would that do? He signs papers that are not true to fact and don't care what he is signing just so he can appease his fellow attorney. He needs to go before his term is up.

“To thine own self be true”

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#19 Dec 16, 2010
To HesOut, I really enjoyed reading your well articulated comment. As I read your story about Roller's, it made me remember some of my swimming days there.

Without the boredom of details, in 2006 there was an arrest of my person and the case was promptly dismissed at the first court appearance stage. Under state law, if an arrested person is found not guilty or the case is dismissed, then the aggrieved defendant to the charges levied against him/her is entitled to an order of expunction, forever removing all accounts, files and everything else attached to the arrest and the whole matter including the actual expunction order itself is removed from public record and treated as though the arrest never happened. This order of expunction is filed by simple application and there is no fee or any other cost for filing for this expunction and is mandatory upon a judge to sign it within a certain set time. It must be noted that a judge does NOT have any discretion to do nothing more than sign the expunction order, period.

I went to the clerk’s office and filed the expunction order with Cheryl Cashman and followed up on the filing in a timely manner with Karen Walker. Well, the deadline for the state mandated time in which the judge was required to sign the order had passed by, so I called Karen and inquired about it. She told me that she took the order to Judge McKenzie for his signature and she said he looked at it and said, "bring it back to me in 90 days" and that was that.

I called his office to ask him exactly what his personal bias was with me and why such bias was being used to deprive me of something I was lawfully entitled to, and that he was lawfully mandated to perform, but I never got to speak with him on each of the several times I called. I also resisted the temptation of going to the courthouse to speak directly with him as I knew he would probably had gotten “cocky” and the expunction order would quickly become the least of my concerns. In any event, I prepared a Writ of Mandamus" (this is deemed a civil action but is not a lawsuit in the sense of the word) and armed with this Mandamus Writ and my $200 filing fee, I marched to the 3rd floor of the courthouse and filed the Writ in the Rhea County Chancery Court. The attending clerk even volunteered to go personally serve the judge for me. The time for his responding to this complaint came and went as he apparently just ignored my complaint I filed upon him, so I politely filed a Motion for Default Judgment against him. Within a day or so the Defendant McKenzie filed a "pro se" Answer (imagine that---"pro se") and the legal pleading was written in such a way that it made me think that it must have been a long time since he sat down and drafted a legal pleading.

But to cut to the chase in this little story, just as I was about to request a hearing date for my default motion, I called Karen Walker and inquired once again and she told me that Judge McKenzie had signed the expunction order. Therefore, based upon this information of a Chief Deputy Circuit Court Clerk, I felt that I had attained relief demanded in the Writ, he signed the expunction order as mandated to do in the Mandamus, and that I had prevailed in forcing a public official perform a required duty, nothing personal. Since he complied, I promptly filed a motion to dismiss the mandamus action against him. This is but just one instance I can speak of.

For clarity and to provide the public with a record of this mandamus action against a sitting judge, I will digitize and upload every pleading filed in Chancery Court and let anyone that wants to read it, do so. But again, I am in complete agreement with you in that people are indeed getting fed up and that we all have someone a level above us. As they say, "to the victor go the spoils." Stay vigilant.
HesOut

Cleveland, TN

#20 Dec 16, 2010
Jimmy McKenzie's first wife was in my high school graduating class (they were married at the time). It didn't take her long to figure him out.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Evensville Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Does maria remerez give footjobs? 2 hr noone 5
Rusty Tew (Nov '11) 5 hr Mya 19
Mya Tew 5 hr You know 1
What do southerners hate about northerners? (Jun '12) 6 hr NewYaaawk 449
christina christi 7 hr smoke it 9
Election Who do you support for U.S. House in Tennessee ... (Oct '10) 8 hr Guest2 299
Casey Owings....and GO. 9 hr LOL 1
More from around the web

Evensville People Search

Addresses and phone numbers for FREE

Personal Finance

Mortgages [ See current mortgage rates ]