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Coffee County Judge Jere Ledsinger Receives Reprimand from State’s Supreme Court

A Tennessee judge has received a public reprimand for complaining that the state supreme court’s “grand wizard” required that masks be worn in court.

Judge Jere Ledsinger of Coffee County, Tennessee, had made the remark in front of criminal defendants in the courtroom, including some who were Black, according to the Sept. 28 letter of reprimand by the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct.

Ledsinger had acknowledged the perception problem created by his remark, made in mid-July and had expressed regret, according to the letter.

In his written response to the board, Ledsinger said he meant no disrespect to anyone, and the remark was intended to “soften any resistance by those present in the courtroom to the requirements of wearing a mask, as we have had negative feedback to this supreme court mandate.”

The board said judges are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct and dignity, and they must be dignified and courteous.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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