Throw Away the Key

Former General Sessions Court Judge Thomas Austin is an embarrassment to myself and all other Roane Countians:

“He is corrupt to his core,” Atchley writes of former Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Thomas Alva Austin. It is the ex-barrister’s own language that Atchley is using to push for a hefty prison term for Austin, who faces sentencing next month for his guilty pleas to using his position to force kickbacks from driving school instructors and a probation office chief.

It’s not Judge Austin’s fault though. Oh no, according to his defense attorney, who claims…

[...] the ex-judge’s behavior stems, in part, from addiction and the discovery that his estranged wife was having a lesbian affair.

While I must thank Austin’s attorney for sharing that juicy detail, Thomas Austin is indeed corrupt to the core. He’ll be sentenced next month, with the sentence ranging from 37 to 46 months. This is hardly enough. 37 to 46 years would be more appropriate.

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