Judge To Resign After Charges

POSTED: 6:03 AM Apr 13 2012   UPDATED: 6:06 AM Apr 13 2012

A Hawkins County judge has agreed to resign after he was formally charged with violating the state's judicial code of conduct for taking money from clients for his personal benefit.

In an agreement reached today with the Tennessee Court of Judiciary, James Taylor is immediately suspended from his position as general sessions judge in Hawkins County and will resign on May 1.

According to the agreement, upon his resignation the formal charges against him will be retired but the settlement will not apply to any civil lawsuits filed against him that claim mishandling of clients' money and sexual harassment.

Taylor, who is also an attorney, was accused of taking more than $9,000 from a client for personal benefit and claiming payment for services that he did not perform.