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Greeneville Judge Censured, Reprimanded

News release from Administrative Office of the Courts:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct has issued a public censure and a public reprimand to Circuit Court Judge John K. Wilson of the Third Judicial District.
Judge Wilson’s censure is a result of his conduct at 2011 deposition in addition to failure to abide by a resolution and agreement previously reached with the Court of the Judiciary.
The reprimand was due to an improper ex parte hearing and improper ex parte relief granted with respect to a petition to modify a permanent parenting plan.
Because it is a public censure rather than just a public reprimand, the judge will be required to personally appear before Board of Judicial Conference at its August meeting pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. ‘ 17-5-301(g)(2) & (4).
Judge Wilson has been a judge since 1979. The Third Judicial District serves Greene, Hamblen, Hancock and Hawkins counties.
The complete text of the censure and reprimand can be found HERE.

Knox Commission Rejects Campfield Censure Proposal

Officials on Tuesday night voted down Knox County Commissioner Sam McKenzie’s plan to ask state senators to censure colleague Stacey Campfield over recent controversial remarks the Knoxville Republican made about gays and the origin of the AIDS epidemic, reports Mike Donila.
The resolution would have directed commission Chairman Mike Hammond to ask state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, R-Knoxville, to initiate proceedings against Campfield. Only McKenzie and Commissioners Amy Broyles and Tony Norman supported it during Tuesday’s work session. The other eight commissioners declined to sign off on it.
McKenzie said Campfield’s “false comments” attracted nationwide attention from a number of media outlets, including The Today Show and The View, and the “negative perception affects us — this affects our bottom line.”
Campfield made national news in late January after he blamed the AIDS virus on “a guy screwing a monkey” and called the disease “virtually impossible” to contract via heterosexual intercourse. He made the comments during a radio interview on Sirius XM’s gay-lesbian channel OutQ.
A few days later, Martha Boggs, owner of the Bistro at the Bijou, refused to serve him at her downtown restaurant in disgust. Prior to the radio interview, the senator made national headlines as sponsor of the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Campfield calls the bill “Don’t Teach Gay.”

Campfield said the censure proposal “was ludicrous from the beginning” and he was not surprise at the rejection of what he considered a “partisan game.”
He also characterized McKenzie as “somebody looking for a free meal at the Bistro.”

Knox Commissioner Seeks Censure of Sen. Campfield

Knox County Commissioner Sam McKenzie wants Stacey Campfield’s state Senate colleagues to censure him over recent controversial remarks the Knoxville Republican made about gays and the origin of the AIDS epidemic, reports Mike Donilla.
He is spearheading a County Commission resolution that directs the board’s chairman to ask state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey, R-Knoxville, to initiate proceedings against Campfield.
“For a New York educated gentleman, he’s really come down here and put a tarnish on the people of Knox County with these outlandish statements,” McKenzie said. “A censure is a reprimand and I think it’s called for in this particular case.”
Campfield made national news in late January after he blamed the AIDS virus on “a guy screwing a monkey” and called the disease “virtually impossible” to contract via heterosexual intercourse. He made the comments during a radio interview on Sirius XM’s gay-lesbian channel, OutQ.
A few days later, Martha Boggs, owner of the Bistro at the Bijou, kicked him out of her downtown restaurant in disgust.
Prior to the radio interview, the senator made national headlines as sponsor of the so-called “don’t say gay” bill. Campfield calls the bill, “don’t teach gay.” It passed the state Senate last year after being revised to permit only sexuality involving “natural human reproduction” to be discussed in public schools. It still awaits a House vote.
Campfield on Wednesday said he believes McKenzie’s opposition really stems from the bill and “this is just one of those old tactics that they use to try and scare people away (from supporting it).”
“The liberals always appreciate everybody’s point of view until someone actually has another point of view,” Campfield said. “(McKenzie) thinks we should have sex education on homosexuality taught in schools. I don’t.”
Massey said she had not heard about McKenzie’s proposal and was noncommittal about it Wednesday.
“We’ll just wait and see what happens,” she said, before listing a number of Legislative activities including budget hearings, that would take up her day. “Right now, that’s where my focus needs to be.”