Newspaper won't appeal decision keeping Judge's private tape private

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Chattanooga Times Free Press will not appeal a court decision allowing a judge to keep his recording of embarrassing graphic fantasies private.

Former Circuit Judge John Hagler of Cleveland and his attorney, Roger Jenne, did not return the newspaper's request for comment Monday.

Hamilton County Chancellor Frank Brown ruled Jan. 17 in the open records case that Hagler's recording did not relate to his formal duties and that Chattanooga police having the audiotape in their files did not make it a public record.

Times Free Press publisher and executive editor Tom Griscom said there will be no appeal of the unfavorable ruling because it will have little impact on future open records cases.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 15544072 -
Gray Television, Inc.