Court stops release of judge's embarrassing tape

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- An emergency court order has temporarily stopped Chattanooga officials from releasing a Bradley County judge's embarrassing audio tape.

Acting on a request by 10th District Circuit Judge John Hagler, a judge Tuesday set a Jan. 2 hearing to act on Hagler's request for a temporary injunction and Hagler's request for possession of a recording that he has said contains his "graphic fantasies."

Hamilton County Chancellor Frank Brown set the hearing as Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield's office was preparing to release the audiotape in response to an open records request by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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