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COLUMBIA, Tenn. Senior Maury County Circuit Court Judge Jim Hamilton is accused of illegally wiping the records clean for felons.
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DENNIS

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JUDGE HAMILTON IS ONE OF THE FEW JUDGES I EVER MET THAT SEEMED LIKE A DECENT PERSON..HE DIDNT ACT LIKE HE THOUGHT HE WAS GOD..I WOULD THINK A JUDGE DIDNT NEED APPROVAL FROM SOME OVER BEARING,JEALOUS DISTRIC ATTORNEY TO EXPUNGE SOMEONES RECORD...THATS WHY HE IS THE JUDGE...BOTTOMS....YOUR LAST NAME FITS YOU WELL....
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Judge Hamilton has earned the right to sign his name and that be the final answer. After being in the judicial system myself, I found the Judge over rules petty parole/probation officers and he should definately be able to over rule a District Atty, who only forms a bad opinion about every single name that comes across his desk. There are a few in his district that truly know their job as judge. Each case should be heard individually and not grouped. And besides, didn't the article say the men WERE JUDGED AND DID THEIR TIME?

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Jul 8, 2010
 
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And besides, didn't the article say the men WERE JUDGED AND DID THEIR TIME?
It also said they are now gun owners as well

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DENNIS wrote:
I WOULD THINK A JUDGE DIDNT NEED APPROVAL FROM SOME OVER BEARING,JEALOUS DISTRIC ATTORNEY TO EXPUNGE SOMEONES RECORD...THATS WHY HE IS THE JUDGE...BOTTOMS....YOUR LAST NAME FITS YOU WELL....
According to the article he did need the DA approval.
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According to the article he did need the DA approval.
it doesnt matter what you or i think. the law is the law. i would guess requiring more than one signature is a way of ensuring the law is being followed and for the right reasons. judge hamilton knows what is required im sure, which means he intentionallly signed the order knowing full well he had done wrong. i myself feel everyone should have equal accoutability to follow the law, especially a judge. who better knows and understands the law? his character has nothing what so ever to do with this. if the law requires the other signatures, so be it. this is a case of "the police policing the police" that worked. and i must say, it is about time. kudos to the DA for doing the right thing. i wish he did it more often. maury county needs to encourage the people in our judicial system to do the right thing. there is a system of checks and balances but you need people in that system who dont pull favors and who are not afraid to make the system work. mr bottoms, with the current situation, maybe you should investigate some of the past situations involving mr hamilton? dont know, but i suspect you may see a pattern there? i have heard many comments before where someone would say to someone else, oh, i know him, let me make a phone call and see what i can do, or i know the judge, ill take care of it. yes, i work near indivuals in the system, i hear it all the time. its sad its that way. i cant help but wonder what would happen if judge hamilton stole a cheesestick?
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A man is innocent until proven guilty. Time will tell. I smell a rat at the Bottom of this issue. Surely the Judge and his staff, the Sheriff's Office and his staff, the TN Department of Safety, the TBI and their staff and possibly the FBI, have not made a mistake. The next thing we'll hear is that these guys have ties to known terriorists groups. Support the ACLU. No more social lynchings..

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there needs to be investigations into other departments in Maury County.
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Bottoms needs to be looked into also. There is cases he has covered up that are similar to the ones that Hamilton is being accused of. Some of them are Deputies!!! Channel 5 needs to look at these!
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Jul 8, 2010
 
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Bottoms needs to be looked into also. There is cases he has covered up that are similar to the ones that Hamilton is being accused of. Some of them are Deputies!!! Channel 5 needs to look at these!
i agree! many many cases. lots of rumors re drug running in maury county also. i hope they dig deep, and uncover it all. reserve officer once told of a drug bust in springhill in the middle of the night only for a certian judge to show up and give orders for everyone to forget about it and go homeand keep their mouths shut. once again drugs are the issue in maury county. seems to me certian drug dealers fall under protection? that is the perception. could it be a judge is involved? amnesty for buddies? there is so much smut being uncovered in maury county it is pathetic. clean it up guys! is anyone honest these days? this is just great, all our tax dollars for....this? rumors have been around for decades of hamiltons involvement. i believe there was huge issue with this in the 80's, involved matthews also. was never gotten to the bottom of. maybe it should be turned over to the sheriffs dept, then it can be turned over to...who knows who and they can put it in the paper that it has been dealt with...period. then back to business as usual. i hope channel 5 news does investigate, IF they can get anyone to talk to them. its been tried before, no luck there. maybe they need to have a hotline...lots of folks know plenty, just need a way to tell the RIGHT person!
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Abe U wrote:
A man is innocent until proven guilty. Time will tell. I smell a rat at the Bottom of this issue. Surely the Judge and his staff, the Sheriff's Office and his staff, the TN Department of Safety, the TBI and their staff and possibly the FBI, have not made a mistake. The next thing we'll hear is that these guys have ties to known terriorists groups. Support the ACLU. No more social lynchings..
if you feel that way, then you should welcome an investigation. let the truth come out, either way it will be resolved. if he is innocent, it wont be a problem. he has nothing to worry about. this could get interesting, could uncover a LOT of things for a LOT of people. go mike bottoms! glad to see you are finally doing your job. it is about time. it is common knowledge in the upper layers of columbia of the favors between officials. hope you are successful in your investigation. it took you long enough.
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Bottoms needs to be looked into also. There is cases he has covered up that are similar to the ones that Hamilton is being accused of. Some of them are Deputies!!! Channel 5 needs to look at these!
WOO-HOO Brother! Tell it! Boy did you say a mouthful. They need to do a fullblown crackdown on the whole lot! This is the most corrupt county I have ever seen. They blame the "Northeners" for the crime and drug problem in Maury County. Got news for you all, the problem lies within your own glass house boys....its been going on for years. The "head" of the drug dealing and crime in Columbia is within your own government. They protect their own, bust who they want if they don't get with the "program" Little "Mafia" right here in your own backyard. Let the truth come out.
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<quoted text> go mike bottoms! glad to see you are finally doing your job.
Don't be too quick to praise Bottoms, it was the FBI that informed the TBI and they brought it to his attention. He's clueless and has only cause embarrassment to a community trying to move forward. He notifies' the press and then doesn't give the 100% honest facts. So now all of us are confused.
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bout time wrote:
<quoted text>WOO-HOO Brother! Tell it! Boy did you say a mouthful. They need to do a fullblown crackdown on the whole lot! This is the most corrupt county I have ever seen. They blame the "Northeners" for the crime and drug problem in Maury County. Got news for you all, the problem lies within your own glass house boys....its been going on for years. The "head" of the drug dealing and crime in Columbia is within your own government. They protect their own, bust who they want if they don't get with the "program" Little "Mafia" right here in your own backyard. Let the truth come out.
Oh Bravo ....Well said I see people in this town go behind closed doors and get off with a little cash...I agree with you 100% and I know it happends every where but, I live here and I see it everyday!Felons who NEED to go to prison and DON'T...its a Joke.Let the truth come out!!!!
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I live and work in Columbia. I hate the fact that a good man is being destroyed. I did not say he was innocent or guilty. But as a man, a good man. Having witnessed a lot of lawyers/people taking advantage of Judge Hamilton by putting things in front of him and just getting him to sign without explanation. This is a set up for failure. Lawyers "judge shop" all the time to get the judge that will give them the answer they want. I have heard stories for many years about corrupt judges in Maury nothing ever came out of it. I also believe that this is only the beginning and more things will be uncovered, unfortuately.
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I live and work in Columbia. I hate the fact that a good man is being destroyed. I did not say he was innocent or guilty. But as a man, a good man. Having witnessed a lot of lawyers/people taking advantage of Judge Hamilton by putting things in front of him and just getting him to sign without explanation. This is a set up for failure. Lawyers "judge shop" all the time to get the judge that will give them the answer they want. I have heard stories for many years about corrupt judges in Maury nothing ever came out of it. I also believe that this is only the beginning and more things will be uncovered, unfortuately.
are you serious? judges signing without explanation?..oh my god, peoples LIVES depend on their decisions!!!! if that is happening they need to be in prison! they should NEVER just sign anything! hell YOU should NEVER sign anything with out "explanation" and no one takes advantage of a judge. they know full well not to just sign anything. and you feel it is unfortunate that more will come out...geez, i hope you NEVER have to depend on someone else deciding yours or your families fate. a judge is 100% responsible and liable just as we are for anything he puts his john henry on. i do not fell sorry for them, they know their job, believe me. they are also WELL aware of everything they sign. and MOST are doing their job to the best of their ability. Most are competent. but to give felons amnesty at least TWICE and to do so in an illegal manner...thats not a mistake in my opinion. and yes, im sure more will come out. it needs to. this man holds a job that affects MANY lives. if you sign a contract, you cannot go back later and say im not responsible, i didn't read it. that crap doesnt cut it under the law. he must follow procedures. it is a requirement of the job. thats why we have laws, he is not a law maker...merely THE ultimate enforcer. this was not his choice to make alone, and he knew that. he was fully aware of what he was doing. hon, he did it TWICE, that we know of.who knows, maybe this is how all those murderers and child molesters get back out only to kill or molest again. no wonder maury county is like it is.
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I will be the first to say that yes, the whole 22nd judicial system is in trouble with drugs. I have come to know this man as a teacher and a mentor. He has served the justice system for many years. I don't think anyone is taking under consideration the pressure and amount of criminals this man deals with daily. It sounds like our District Attorney is wanting a seat behind the bench himself. I cannot believe out of all the mess we have that Judge Hamilton is pinned with being the crooked one. Wow we all need to wake up. There needs to be a complete overhaul. I googled Judge Hamilton to find this article. Throughout his whole entire time serving this is all that comes up. I hope I can have that record. He did not receive bribes, could it not be a mistake?
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This is nothing!!! Imagine a judge (Jim T. Hamilton) giving specific favoritism to many cases represented by his past roommate and best friend from college...
Paul A. Bates from Pulaski, TN. Judge Hamilton needs to be completely investigated for his on going corruption including taking bribes in divorce, and criminal precedings.

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Judge Hamilton has not been taken advantage of unless he allowed himself to be. He is the one who chooses whether or not he reads a document that is put before him. No one forces him to put his signature on a document. Furthermore, let us not forget his sister in law is Kathy Kelley, the Circuit Court Clerk whose name appears on some of the documents and was signed by some of her deputy clerks.
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I live and work in Columbia. I hate the fact that a good man is being destroyed. I did not say he was innocent or guilty. But as a man, a good man. Having witnessed a lot of lawyers/people taking advantage of Judge Hamilton by putting things in front of him and just getting him to sign without explanation. This is a set up for failure. Lawyers "judge shop" all the time to get the judge that will give them the answer they want. I have heard stories for many years about corrupt judges in Maury nothing ever came out of it. I also believe that this is only the beginning and more things will be uncovered, unfortuately.
So...You are saying he is a good man but a studied one in the same sentence.I know if what me i would follow the rules by the book and does his cast hurt??
Hamilton is a lying crook

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A current victim wrote:
This is nothing!!! Imagine a judge (Jim T. Hamilton) giving specific favoritism to many cases represented by his past roommate and best friend from college...
Paul A. Bates from Pulaski, TN. Judge Hamilton needs to be completely investigated for his on going corruption including taking bribes in divorce, and criminal precedings.
Favoritism is that dirtbag Hamilton's controlling legal principle.

Got it in writing: He makes up/lies about what he needs, then rules as if it really happened.

Once was living rent free in DA house and ruling on cases.

He's a little man. A little punk who likes his adult beverages.

Ask around enough law enforcement in that cesspool, and you will find his hands all over

Look for him to do his usual, "aw shucks, I didn't read it..." He's done that many times before. It is time he's done time.

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