Judges outline magistrate's mistakes on the job
County commissioners are giving a Hamilton County magistrate another chance after claims were made that he's been making some big mistakes on the job.
Magistrates are responsible for a number of things including setting bonds when someone is arrested and signing off on warrants.
Hamilton County Chief Magistrate Lorrie Miller outlined a number of mistakes she says Magistrate Stuart Brown has made in his month and a half on the job.
"Somebody gets arrested as a result of that. They get their picture is Just Busted, and now they're going to lose their job and now they're going to lose their kids possibly," Miller told commissioners Wednesday.
She said the mistakes range from dismissing warrants to losing documents in 11 cases.
"I've seen instances where Mr. Brown made a mistake, I turned around and explained to him and showed him visually, expressed to him this is a mistake. And then on the very next shift, he makes the exact same mistake," she added.
Two general sessions court judges explained to commissioners the toll the mistakes have had on cases.
"That can make that case go away. That's all well and good if it's a criminal trespassing case that they served a search warrant on, but what if it's the murder of your family?" Judge Lila Statom said.
"Mistakes can be made, I understand that. I don't know what else to say about that other than that should have never have been made. That's not a lack of training. I don't know what that is," Judge Gary Starnes said.
Brown admitted to commissioners he's not been perfect, but cited lack of training and being new to the position as the reason.
"Most of those mistakes were made, if not all of them, June 3, 4, 5, the first four days I was there," Brown said.
Commissioners agreed to give Brown more training and reevaluate his position in 30 days.
We'll let you know what happens.