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Federal Judge Request made in Case Against Two Grundy County Deputies

A pair of sheriff’s deputies accused of routinely using excessive force on handcuffed people in rural Tennessee would prefer not to face a dozen citizens inside a courtroom.

According to the Knoxville News, Tony Bean, chief deputy of the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, and his son T.J. Bean, a sergeant at that agency, want a federal judge, not a jury, to hear the evidence in their case and decide whether they are guilty of committing civil rights abuses.

Attorneys for the Beans last week waived their right to a jury trial and instead took the rare step of asking for a bench trial. At a bench trial, a defendant’s fate is left in the hands of one judge who single-handedly determines the admissibility of evidence, hears arguments from both sides and issues a finding of guilty or not guilty.

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 over 3,455 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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