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Misconduct charges filed against magistrate in baby 'Messiah' case

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Jawaan McCullough, left, Jaleesa Martin, center, baby Messiah's parents, give interviews with lawyer Kristi Davis after an appeal hearing before Cocke County Chancellor Telford Forgety Jawaan McCullough, left, Jaleesa Martin, center, baby Messiah's parents, give interviews with lawyer Kristi Davis after an appeal hearing before Cocke County Chancellor Telford Forgety

COCKE COUNTY, TN (Knox News) -- Charges of judicial misconduct have been filed against Fourth District Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew, whose ruling earlier this year that a baby's first name of "Messiah" must be changed sparked international controversy.

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Ballew's ruling, which arose out of a child support dispute in Cocke County, was eventually overturned by a Chancery Court judge.

On Wednesday the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct, which regulates the conduct of judges, charged that Ballew's ruling and some related comments she made about it violated the state's Code of Judicial Conduct.

Ballew has 30 days to respond.

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