Judge's orders to expunge records scrutinized
COLUMBIA (AP) - A Middle Tennessee prosecutor is looking into why two convicted felons had their criminal records wiped clean by a Maury County-based judge.
The Columbia Daily Herald reported Friday that District Attorney General Mike Bottoms filed two petitions this week to reinstate the convictions of Phillips Williams and Rodney Gillespie after finding out that their records had been expunged without his knowledge.
The orders were signed by 22nd Judicial District Judge Jim T. Hamilton, who has been on the bench since 1982.
Bottoms said he was concerned that this is more than an isolated incident.
Bottoms said that normally, expungement orders are signed by the district attorney general, a defense attorney and a judge. These orders were only signed by Hamilton and Circuit Court Clerk Kathy Kelley.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.columbiadailyherald.com
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