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Michael Mayfield Pleads Guilty to Vandalism

The son of a dairy executive who lost a race for Congress has pleaded guilty to slashing a tire stem on a car belonging to the incumbent congressman’s campaign manager during a campaign stop last spring, reports the News Sentinel.
Michael Mayfield, son of Scottie Mayfield, entered his plea to misdemeanor vandalism this week in Roane County General Sessions Court.
The younger Mayfield, 34, admitted slashing the stem on the rear left tire of Tyler Threadgill’s 2005 Audi during an April 24 Scottie Mayfield campaign stop at the Roane County Courthouse.
Threadgill, manager of 3rd District congressman Chuck Fleischmann’s re-election effort, had attended several of Mayfield’s campaign events.
On Monday, Michael Mayfield received a suspended 11-month, 29-day jail sentence, was granted judicial diversion and was placed on unsupervised probation.
Prosecutor Bill Reedy said that if Mayfield completes probation “on good behavior,” Mayfield can petition the court to expunge the charge from his record.
Mayfield was ordered to make $100 restitution. That sum was “an arbitrary amount we just pulled out of the air,” Reedy said. He said Threadgill wasn’t able to give a specific damage amount for the tire stem. “It wasn’t a big deal to him (Threadgill),” Reedy said.
With court costs, Mayfield will pay around $500, Reedy said.

Hopper: Talk of Mayfield Campaign Exit ‘Absurb’

He’s not debating, speaking or even appearing in public anytime soon, but Scottie Mayfield’s congressional campaign rejected rumors of its own demise five days after police said the dairy executive’s 33-year-old son slashed a rival aide’s tire at a campaign event.
So reports Chris Carroll. A further excerpt:
“We’re moving forward,” spokesman Joe Hendrix said Tuesday.
Mayfield is challenging U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District Republican primary. Using surveillance footage taken during a sparsely attended Mayfield rally at the Roane County Courthouse last week, police charged Michael Mayfield with vandalism under $500 after he confessed to using a pocketknife to disable a Fleischmann aide’s left rear tire.
In a Chattanooga Times Free Press article published Sunday, Republican activists and officials questioned Mayfield’s long-term political viability and seriousness as a candidate, citing an overall lack of substance and a batch of negative publicity since Michael Mayfield walked into the Kingston Police Department and said, “I did it.”
A few party leaders pondered whether the elder Mayfield would drop out amid the fallout.
“That would be the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard,” campaign strategist Tommy Hopper said, “and I’ve heard some really absurd things. It has never been discussed, suggested or considered, at least in my mind or presence.”
Campaign officials are seeking to distance themselves and the candidate from the incident, declining to comment beyond a written apology released Thursday.
“This is a family matter at this point,” Hendrix said. “It’s not part of the staff, not a part of the campaign and not a part of the candidate in terms of what he is trying to do.”
Records show Michael Mayfield gave his father the maximum campaign contribution of $5,000 in March. Before the alleged criminal act, he stepped off a tour bus commissioned by the Mayfield campaign. Afterward, security cameras filmed him walking into the Roane County Courthouse, where the campaign was holding a meet-and-greet session with officials. Several paid staff joined the districtwide tour.

Judge Reprimanded for Ordering Release of His Son

UNION CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of the Judiciary issued a public reprimand against an Obion County judge for ordering the release of his son after an arrest for driving under the influence.
The court that investigates complaints against Tennessee judges posted the reprimand on Monday against General Sessions Court Judge Jimmy C. Smith.
According to the reprimand obtained by the Union City Daily Messenger (http://bit.ly/IkwOMY ), Smith admitted that he had set the condition for release of his son, James Cutler Smith, who was arrested in October 2011 and later pleaded guilty to a violation of the implied consent law.
The court found this was a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which says a judge shall disqualify himself in a proceeding in which the judge’s impartiality might be questioned