Judge reprimanded over order on recusal request

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Montgomery County judge was reprimanded after refusing to step away from cases involving attorneys who had a dispute with his wife.

According to The Leaf-Chronicle, Kimberly Turner, Melissa King and Brian Hill are former employees of Carrie Gasaway.

In a letter to Judge John Gasaway III, the attorneys asked him to recuse himself from their cases because of their disputes with Carrie Gasaway. That includes Turner filing a harassment charge against her.

Judge Gasaway held no hearing on the matter. Instead, he published an order on the Montgomery County Court website denying the request. In the order, he also claimed the attorneys filed their request to defame his reputation and that of his wife.

The Board of Judicial Conduct reprimanded him for violating the judicial code of conduct.

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