State investigating 10th Judicial District

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and state attorney general's office are investigating issues raised in a Chattanooga Times Free Press series on the 10th Judicial District.

The Times Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/PMAqrC ) that moments before the announcement, District Attorney General Steve Bebb faxed a statement to the paper. It said he had asked for appointment of a pro tem district attorney to "investigate any allegations of impropriety in this office, either by myself or any employee."

In a series of articles this month, the paper accused Bebb of mismanaging the district. The paper's seven-month investigation found that important cases were botched through ineptness or misconduct, that taxpayer money was misused and that the office played favorites during criminal prosecutions.

The district includes Bradley, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties


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