“Messiah” Magistrate facing judicial misconduct charges

From the News Sentinel:
Charges of judicial misconduct have been filed against Fourth District Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, whose ruling earlier this year that a baby’s first name of “Messiah” must be changed sparked international controversy.

Ballew’s ruling, which arose out of a child support dispute in Cocke County, was eventually overturned by a Chancery Court judge.

On Wednesday the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct, which regulates the conduct of judges, charged that Ballew’s ruling and some related comments she made about it violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

Ballew has 30 days to respond.

In her ruling Ballew had written: “The word Messiah is a title, and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ. Labeling this child ‘Messiah’ places an undue burden on him that as a human being, he cannot fulfill.”