East Tenn. judge invokes Fifth Amendment right

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee judge has invoked his right to not incriminate himself as the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary investigates theft and misconduct claims.

No criminal charges have been filed against Hawkins County General Sessions Judge James Taylor, however he is the subject of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe, according to The Knoxville New Sentinel.

Taylor is also defending himself against civil lawsuits that claim mishandling of clients' money and sexual harassment.

Taylor's letter to the judiciary court invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

A secretary in Taylor's office said the judge was not in on Tuesday.

The judiciary court last year publically reprimanded Taylor for raising funds for a historical documents display that was to have been placed in the county courthouse.

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