Associated Press
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) - A list of complaints is growing against a Campbell County judge who has refused to issue expungements and ordered latecomers to court arrested for failure to show up.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1M52IiG) one teenager whose case was dismissed had to wait five months and take legal action in order to get General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons to sign an order wiping his record clean of a misdemeanor vandalism charge.


Eighteen-year-old Brandon Byrge claims he was twice passed over for jobs because of the criminal record.

Court records say Byrge’s attorney, Wes Hatmaker, repeatedly asked Sammons to sign the expungement form. But Sammons insisted in court records that Hatmaker failed to follow up.

Hatmaker accused Sammons of lying and demanded she submit to questions under oath. After she didn’t show up for a deposition, Hatmaker on Monday filed a motion to have Sammons held in contempt and sanctioned.

Circuit Court Judge John McAfee ruled Sammons’ status as a government official protects her but suggested Hatmaker pursue “other remedies.” He did not specify what those remedies are, although anyone can file a complaint against a judge with the Board of Judicial Conduct.

Byrge’s expungement case was one of several of Sammons’ cases heard before the circuit court judge on Monday. Sammons’ decisions were overturned in most of those with little or no argument from either side.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com


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