Law and Government
6:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Friday Court Hearing Will Determine Immunity Of Court Clerk Employees

Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey.
Knox County Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey.
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A Knox County judge will determine this week whether the staff of Criminal Court Clerk Joy McCroskey is legally immune to liabilities stemming from mistakes made in McCroskey's office.

Last October, reports began surfacing of wrongful arrests, unlawful detentions and other problems that were eventually traced back to errors made in McCroskey's office. One of the people arrested by mistake, Jodi White, is now suing the county for civil damages.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Circuit Court Judge Harold Wimberly will rule on Knox County Deputy Law Director David Buuck's contention that government employees can't be held liable for mistakes made during the regular conduct of their duties. Buuck is asking Wimberly to dismiss White's suit.

The hearing is scheduled for Friday.