Appeals judge who pleaded guilty to DUI to retire

Appeals judge who pleaded guilty to DUI to retire (Image 1)
Appeals judge who pleaded guilty to DUI to retire (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Criminal Appeals judge who pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in Knoxville last year has decided to retire.

Judge Jerry Smith's decision to step down comes as he faced a possible negative recommendation from the commission that evaluates judicial performance.

A negative evaluation means a judge must face a contested election if he or she decides to run for re-election.

A positive evaluation means a judge faces only a retention referendum where voters decide whether to keep the judge on the bench with a yes-no vote.

A preliminary vote by the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission was for replacement. The commission has not yet taken its final vote.

No appeals judge has faced a contested election since before 1994, and only one has lost a retention election since then.

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