Wanda Moody v. Timothy Hutchison, Sheriff of Knox County

Wanda Moody v. Timothy Hutchison, Sheriff of Knox County

Knox County Commissioner Wanda Moody ("Plaintiff") made a Public Records Act request for numerous documents in the possession of Timothy Hutchison, the Sheriff of Knox County ("Defendant"). Defendant responded and provided some, but not all of the requested documents. Plaintiff eventually sought to have Defendant held in criminal contempt claiming at least fifty of his responses to the various document requests were false. After a trial on the criminal contempt charges, the Trial Court concluded Defendant made "at least six" false representations which amounted to criminal contempt, and imposed the maximum fine of $50 for each offense, for a total of $300. Defendant appeals claiming, among other things, that the proof failed to establish that he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of criminal contempt. We affirm the judgment of the Trial Court.

Authoring Judge: 
Judge David Michael Swiney
Originating Judge: 
Chancellor Daryl R. Fansler
Date Filed: 
Tuesday, May 25, 2004