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‘Messiah’ Judge Fired in Tennessee

Remember the magistrate judge in Tennessee who ordered parents to change the name of their baby from Messiah because, she claimed, only Jesus could be the messiah? After being brought up on ethics charges, she has been removed from the bench by a higher court.

The judge who ordered a Cocke County baby’s name to be changed from Messiah has been removed from the bench.

An order from the Fourth Judicial District states Judge Lu Ann Ballew was terminated as the Child Support Magistrate for the district as of midnight, January 31…

In October, Ballew was charged with judicial code violations by a three-member investigative panel associated with Tennessee’s Board of Judicial Conduct.

The formal charges said she failed to promote confidence in the judiciary or uphold the law without bias or partiality.

Good riddance.

Comments

  1. petemoulton says

    If that (former) judge had had any sense, she’d have changed the name of that county first…

  2. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @ ^ roggg : I’m sure the christans will ..

    Of course, Christianity does say Judge – Not!

    (There may also be a (/Nelson Muntz) Ha-ha!( /Nelson Muntz) in the bibble too, I can’t recall. )

  3. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @2. petemoulton : I suspect that would be a rather .. injudicious ..move.

    But then she’s not the Messiah just a vewy nawty ex-judge.

    Fired from Tennessee o’all places – vewy nawty indeed surely!

  4. Synfandel says

    It’s unfortunate that the article doesn’t make it clear whether Judge Lu Ann Ballew’s failure “to promote confidence in the judiciary or uphold the law without bias or partiality” was directly related to the baby naming decision. Anyone know?

  5. eric says

    I’m surprised they want as far as to fire her. Her decision was incredibly bad but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a pretty minor case. Of all the fist amendment violations the courts merely reprimand judges for, this one does not stand out to me. Firing seems exceptional treatment. Frankly, it makes me suspicious that there might have been lot of other establishment violations in her background and this was merely the last straw.

  6. cottonnero says

    “failed to promote confidence in the judiciary” = “we were willing to look the other way until you made the news”

  7. peterh says

    Ballew should read her babble. Messiah means “anointed one” (literally as in anointing a ruler upon ascending the throne) and at the very least the list includes David, Saul & Solomon.

  8. freehand says

    peterh: Ballew should read her babble. Messiah means “anointed one” (literally as in anointing a ruler upon ascending the throne) and at the very least the list includes David, Saul & Solomon.
    .
    Yes. Prophets, kings, and priests, I believe.

  9. had3 says

    I hope that fired as child support magistrate means fired as a magistrate instead of transferred to another division.

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