Attorney says `judge shopping' in wildlife cases

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Chattanooga lawyer has subpoenaed
two judges, one of them an avid hunter, for a hearing on his claim
that Tennessee's wildlife officers routinely "judge shop" cases
against people accused of breaking hunting laws.
Subpoenas filed Tuesday by attorney Jerry Summers request that
Hamilton County General Sessions Court judges Bob Moon and David
Bales attend a Jan. 7 hearing.
Both judges have previously denied the allegations.
Summers told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the practice
denies defendants due process.
Tennessee Supreme Court ethics rules prohibit "judge
shopping."
Moon is an avid hunter and has said "it is not unusual" to
have judges hear cases based on their expertise of certain
subjects.
Subpoenas were also issued for reporters.

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