Tenn. judge who changed baby's 'Messiah' name charged with code of conduct violation

  • Article by: TRAVIS LOLLER , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 25, 2013 - 2:38 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An East Tennessee magistrate who ordered a baby's name changed from Messiah to Martin has been charged with violating the state's Code of Judicial Conduct.

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hobothobotOct. 25, 13 3:06 PM

The judge went overboard but apparently the trend continues with this charge against her. Couldn't they just censure her? It's hard to argue she was totally wrong....

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decembersueOct. 25, 13 3:18 PM

I wondered when I first heard about this case if the same judge has a problem with the Spanish first name of "Jesus"... As for the name Messiah, I've actually known someone by that name. Nothing unusual about it at all. This judge should be thrown off the bench.

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smeeagain2Oct. 25, 13 3:50 PM

Nonsense, hobothobot. The judge WAS totally wrong and injected her own religion and radical bias into a case.

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derogatoryOct. 25, 13 3:56 PM

there are names that nobody should ever name their kids. Messiah for one. and some others like, God or Satan/Lucifer & North. People should really think before naming their children. Unless you think your child will enjoy being singled out & picked on.

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gopher68Oct. 25, 13 4:00 PM

Maybe the judge should have a massive monument to the Ten Commandments installed in the courthouse as well.

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bobblumenfelOct. 25, 13 9:23 PM

Even putting the religious aspect aside, where does the judge come to selecting a name for the child at all? If petitioning for a name change by the parents permits the presiding judge to assign whatever name they feel like, doesn't that seem to be just begging for abuse? What if the judge felt all such children should be named after the judge him- or herself?

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ericgus55Oct. 26, 13 2:55 PM

Good. If the code of conduct reads that judges must not interject their religious beliefs (which it does) and the judge in question did so (which by suggesting that only Jesus should be called Messiah, they did), then being charged with a violation is a no-brainer. I've followed the story since the ruling, and I was worried that the local and state community wouldn't follow up against the judge. I'm glad to see that in Tennessee, folks in the legal community won't let this judge get away with this BS. Whatever one's religion is, nobody in the United States may use the law to impose it upon others, and that's exactly what this judge was attempting to do.

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ericgus55Oct. 26, 13 2:57 PM

I'll agree that the parent was foolish to choose that name for her child, but the freedom to do stupid things is ours as Americans.

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