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AG Finds Poor Judgement, But No Reason to Prosecute DA Bebb

The state attorney general has found no prosecutable criminal acts by 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
A report by Attorney General Robert Cooper criticizes Bebb’s office for poor judgment, mismanagement and deficient record keeping but finds no prosecutable evidence against him on allegations of official misconduct, theft, bribery, extortion and other offenses.
Prosecutable evidence against employees in Bebb’s office or current or former officers of the district’s drug task force would be handled by someone other than the attorney general’s office, Cooper’s report states.
The Times Free Press obtained a copy of the report late Monday afternoon.
Contacted by phone Monday evening, Bebb said he had not yet read it and would reserve comment for now.
State Rep. Eric Watson, R-Cleveland, and Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, who called for the attorney general to investigate allegations raised in a Times Free Press series last year, also said Monday they haven’t read the report and declined to comment immediately.
The newspaper investigated allegations that under Bebb, the prosecutor’s office botched important cases through ineptness or misconduct, misused taxpayer money and played favorites in criminal prosecutions in the 10th Judicial District of Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties. The Aug. 12-17, 2012, series of stories drew calls from state lawmakers and others for an investigation.
On Aug. 28, Cooper called for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the state comptroller’s office to begin a joint probe.

Bill Allowing Prosecution for Embryo Deaths Goes to Governor

The Senate approved and sent to Gov. Bill Haslam on Monday legislation that allows criminal prosecution for causing the death of “a human embryo of fetus at any stage of gestation in utero.”
The bill (HB3517) marks the second change in two years to a law that since 1989 had it a crime to cause the death of a “viable fetus.” That was changed last year to eliminate the word “viable.”
Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mount Juliet, the sponsor, said legislators have since learned that, under the scientific definition of a fetus, the term only applies when eight weeks are more has passed since conception. Adding “embryo” covers from the moment of conception.
The bill passed the Senate 30-2. The House has approved 80-18 last week.
All votes against the bill came from Democrats, some of whom contended in floor debate that “embryo” is too broad.

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