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Hawkins County

Knoxville, TN

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Sep 21, 2012
 
Gets 10 year.
duh

Johnson City, TN

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Sep 21, 2012
 
http://timesnews.net/article/9051946/former-h...

3yrs prison and 10 probation.... Eligible for parole after 11 months.... Majority of charges dropped
The Punisher

Johnson City, TN

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Sep 21, 2012
 

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I'm a firm believer in corporal punishment. About 100 good hard whacks on his bare bottom with a metal studded leather paddle would be a lot more effective and less expensive than a prison sentence.
Joe Bob

Johnson City, TN

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Sep 21, 2012
 
$32,750 restitution, not including the money he stole from his clients. Where's the money. What did he spend it on. Drugs? Gambling? Women? Boys? It's got to be one of the above.
Sounds to me

Kingsport, TN

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Sep 21, 2012
 

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The Punisher wrote:
I'm a firm believer in corporal punishment. About 100 good hard whacks on his bare bottom with a metal studded leather paddle would be a lot more effective and less expensive than a prison sentence.
Problem is, he'd like it.
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$32,750 restitution, not including the money he stole from his clients. Where's the money. What did he spend it on. Drugs? Gambling? Women? Boys? It's got to be one of the above.
Believe this was the Davidson county charges But it did included that Hawkins would be consecutive, meaning run together.
willy

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duh wrote:
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Believe this was the Davidson county charges But it did included that Hawkins would be consecutive, meaning run together.
When sentences are run together, I think its concurrent. Reckon he will snitch out anyone over the bribes and other crimes. Bet there are some nervous people. If one commissioner was offered $5,000 to vote to appoint him Sessions Judge, I would be not be surprised if one or more of the others took a bribe. Maybe they'll offer him a plea bargain to tell all he knows. Hopefully he will and help clean up this county. If he does the courts will sure be busy for years to come.
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<quoted text>When sentences are run together, I think its concurrent. Reckon he will snitch out anyone over the bribes and other crimes. Bet there are some nervous people. If one commissioner was offered $5,000 to vote to appoint him Sessions Judge, I would be not be surprised if one or more of the others took a bribe. Maybe they'll offer him a plea bargain to tell all he knows. Hopefully he will and help clean up this county. If he does the courts will sure be busy for years to come.
Oops I stand corrected. I hope he does tell who took the bribes and exactly who offered them. I am like you, I think their are a few who maybe wished they hadn't come into such an easy windfall.

The way this place works though, even if dies come out, nothing will happen. Think Godsbey....
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Sep 21, 2012
 

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But Preacher John declared him innocent. Must been a bad batch of holy water.
Holier than thou

Johnson City, TN

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But Preacher John declared him innocent. Must been a bad batch of holy water.
"Your either with us or against us and if you think Jay is guilty you can get out."

Will all those who left the church after being given the ultimatum now be welcomed back into the fold. Not likely. These people arent Christians.
Wonder

Crossville, TN

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Sep 21, 2012
 
What about all the money he owes the IRS?
unbelievable

Kingsport, TN

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#13
Sep 21, 2012
 
This is only the beginning. It will never be completely over for him. And they'll probably give him his license back when he gets it all paid off if not sooner.
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"Your either with us or against us and if you think Jay is guilty you can get out."
Will all those who left the church after being given the ultimatum now be welcomed back into the fold. Not likely. These people arent Christians.
Did John North really say that in church? Did you hear this or is this something someone told you? There are many good people at Spires Chapel Church.
Jay Rider

Knoxville, TN

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Sep 21, 2012
 
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Did John North really say that in church? Did you hear this or is this something someone told you? There are many good people at Spires Chapel Church.
Who?
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Sep 22, 2012
 

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Yes,there are several great people at spires church-but-why would north give people a choice?why would they want to return.why did some of them stay?
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#17
Sep 23, 2012
 
People that are behind these people are guilty as they are believe innocent.why where they are if thats so?charity starts at home.would think those people were smarter than they're showing.
An omen is risen

Johnson City, TN

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I sure hope they don't Larry Vicker him to keep him from talking.

“You know they all....pretend”

Since: Nov 08

Flush 'em out, TN

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Sep 23, 2012
 
A more detailed article in the Citizen Tribune:
Former judge Taylor pleads guilty
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm
Former Hawkins County Judge James “Jay” Taylor plead guilty Thursday to stealing thousands of dollars from the state by forging claims for legal work he never performed.
Taylor was initially charged with 42 counts however, he agreed to plead guilty to six felony charges of the theft and the others were dismissed.
Thefts from the state will net him less than a year in prison. But other charges are likely to net him more time behind bars.
In Nashville, he was ordered to serve 30 percent of an agreed upon 3 year sentence. Since the court agreed to include time served, Taylor should be released from prison by spring.
Prosecutors told the judge proof would show Taylor falsified documents to make it appear “that he represented clients who actually didn’t hire him and to whom he had not been appointed to represent.” He then submitted those bills to the state. The “clients” for whom he claimed to have represented where “indigent” cases in which a defendant could not afford council.
“This conviction sends a strong message that the theft of funds intended for those who cannot afford a lawyer will not be tolerated,” Attorney General Bob Cooper said.
TBI Investigator Scottie Ferguson and District Attorney criminal investigator Teddy Collingsworth led the investigation.
However, due to additional charges of swindling clients and money laundering filed in his hometown, he is expected to serve more time in jail in Hawkins County.
A press release issued by Davidson District Attorney General Victor S. Torry Johnson notes a plea agreement has been reached on the Hawkins County charges. The details of that agreement will be released Oct. 12.
The resolutions conclude a TBI investigation and more than 50 criminal charges. But, several civil law suits still remain unsettled.
“It’s extremely disappointing when an attorney betrays the trust of not only his clients, but also the court,” said Johnson.“This kind of deceptive practice does not have a place in our judicial system.”

End of Part 1

“You know they all....pretend”

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Sep 23, 2012
 
Part 2:

The Hawkins County charges stem from Taylor’s profiting from a proposed Ten Commandments display as well as cheating clients out of thousands of dollars.

Taylor apparently interpreted “Thou shall not steal,” differently as he collected money from individuals and churches to place a plaque of the Ten Commandments in the County Courthouse.
Taylor has been accused of collecting more than $5,000 in donations and converting those funds for personal uses. One of the donations included a check from the church of his father-in-law for more than $1,600.

He has also been accused of taking nearly $200,000 from several clients’ settlement awards. Several of those charges lead directly to multiple civil lawsuits that have been placed on hold until all the charges have played out in court.

The one question that has remained unanswered is where all the money went.

While it has been disclosed that some of the money went from one client to pay a separate client—leading to several money laundering charges—the rest of the money apparently was used personally.
In one instance, shortly after Taylor allegedly paid himself $187,218.52 from a client’s settlement funds, he purchased his former law office on Main Street in Church Hill and a second office on Depot Street in Rogersville. Both of those locations were auctioned off by the federal government in April for Taylor owing the IRS more than $218,000 in unpaid taxes.

Once Taylor is released from Davidson County, he will face 10 years of supervised probation. He racked up more than $69,000 in court fines and $32,757 in restitution to the Administrative Office of the Courts where he filed the phony claims.

The D.A.’s press release states Hawkins County victims will be reimbursed before Taylor will pay reimbursements to the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Taylor was elected as a juvenile judge in Hawkins County in 2006 and last year was appointed by the Hawkins County Commission to fill the seat of General Sessions Judge following the death of David Brand.

He was stripped of his judicial status in May, just weeks before he was arrested in Davidson County.

He also previously had his law license suspended by the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

Taylor will not be representing clients anytime soon. After he was disbarred from practicing law as part of his plea agreement.

He cannot apply for reinstatement of his license until 2025.
-By Aletheia Davidson, Tribune Staff Writer
http://www.citizentribune.com/...
Old Timer

Kingsport, TN

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Sep 24, 2012
 

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It's not enough. This man has caused massive, irreparable damage to this county and its people. He has also made a mockery of Christianity in it and his co-conspirators at Spires Chapel went along with it consciously and willfully.

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