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Inside Story: Judge Won't Say If She's Been Reprimanded

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From Phil Williams:

A NewsChannel 5 investigation first exposed the Nashville judge who just couldn't get to work on time.  After that, Judge Gloria Dumas found herself facing an investigation by the court that regulates Tennessee judges.

Now, there are hints the investigation may be over -- but it's possible we'll never know.

Dumas was quite open by what she described as her lifelong problems with being late. (Actually, she didn't have any problem being late -- it was the "being on time" part that got the best of her.)

Last fall, our hidden cameras caught the Nashville judge repeatedly showing up late -- sometimes as much as an hour and a half late -- while people waited for justice in her courtroom.

"Am I saying that's my big old flaw? Yeah." Dumas admitted when I first interviewed her. "If you're looking for perfect, you need to throw me out because I am not perfect."

After that, the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary opened an investigation of her and two other Nashville judges.

And when their cases were concluded, those two judges openly admitted that they had received private reprimands. One of them, Judge Gale Robinson, said voters had a right to know.

"When I ask the folks to entrust me and elect me, then I deserve to be scrutinized," Robinson said.

But, at the time, the investigation of Judge Dumas wasn't complete.  And Dumas wasn't so sure that, when it was all over, she wanted to be as open with the people who elected her.

"If I am told that I have done something wrong, I certainly would like to have the opportunity to review whatever I receive before I make a commitment regarding something like that," she said in a second interview.

Now, Judge Dumas isn't responding to emails or phone calls about what happened with her investigation -- which could lead one to conclude that she, too, may have been reprimanded.

Whatever the case, the judge apparently doesn't think it's any of the people's business.

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