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Last Friday, Deputy Corley Pearson was restrained by court
officers after he reached for his weapon. The incident followed a heated
exchange with Judge Casey Moreland over the status of an inmate. According to
the Davidson County Sheriff's Department, Pearson believed he was going to be
held in contempt of court and attempted to hand over his gun. Court Officers
and another Deputy in the courtroom moved in to restrain Pearson. Judge
Moreland says he never felt threatened but understands why court officers took
action. The incident started with a verbal dispute after Judge Moreland raised
questions about why an inmate was still in custody a day after he should have
been released. Criminal Court Clerk, Howard Gentry says his office did not
relay paperwork in a timely manner and is responsible for the error. Gentry
says he is working ensure it doesn’t happen again. In the meantime, Person is
on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs
investigation. He was never officially charged with contempt.
Monday, February 11 2013, 11:31 PM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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