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By Lynn Swearingen  (c) copyright 2010

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From Courthouse News Service Man Says Judge Arrested Him ‘On a Hunch’

In May 2009

“A judge in Dickson County, Tenn., had officers pull a spectator out of his courtroom “on a hunch,” held him in custody and made him submit to a urinalysis for drugs, the man claims in Federal Court. Benjamin Marchant claims that General Sessions Judge Durwood Moore admitted that he “routinely drug-screens ‘spectators’ in his courtroom if he ‘thinks’ they may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.” Moore allegedly called it the “routine policy of the court.”

In January 2010

“Moore acknowledged he had violated Marchant’s rights and was censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Judiciary Court on May 1, 2009, the highest form of punishment short of seeking a judge’s removal from the bench, according to the complaint. The court ordered Moore to “never violate a person’s constitutional rights as he did to the Plaintiff,” the complaint states”

One wonders what is wrong with this Nations Legal System. Violate Constitutional Rights, admit it, be “censured” instead of fired, and say you’ll never do it again…. More