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Judge Requests Dismissal of Ethics Charges

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville General Sessions Judge Gloria Dumas is asking that ethics charges against her be dropped.

She's accused of being repeatedly late to court, failing to follow the law in picking substitute judges and hiring her own daughter in violation of nepotism rules.

All of those allegations were first uncovered by NewsChannel 5 chief investigative reporter Phil Williams.

In her response filed with the court that regulates Tennessee judges, Dumas claims she's being singled out for "selective punishment." She also claims that the former judge bringing the case against her "conspired" to get "confidential" information about her comings and goings at the Metro courthouse garage.

Dumas was the subject of a NewsChannel 5 investigation beginning late last year.

Our hidden cameras caught the Nashville judge leaving people waiting in her courtroom as she repeatedly ran late -- sometimes as much as 45 minutes late -- getting to court. And it wasn't just once. It was day after day.

Still, in her response to the ethics charges, Judge Dumas' attorneys say: "Respondent denies that she is persistently late in attending court sessions."

But that's a different story from what she told NewsChannel 5 Investigates when confronted about her tardiness.

"I'm not going to tell you I don't have issues with being late," Dumas said at the time. "I'm not going to tell you I haven't all my life had issues with being late. It is something that I have problems with, always have had problems with.

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

In her response, the judge admits that she does not always open court on time. But she says she does that to give the parties time to talk and perhaps reach settlements.

In addition, she admits she doesn't follow state law in picking replacement judges, but she says the law is too difficult to follow and that most Tennessee judges don't follow it either.

Dumas admits hiring her own daughter as a court officer, but she says that she self-reported that ethics violation. What she doesn't say is that she reported herself after we caught her.

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