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Political Strategist Files Ethics Complaints Against Three Justices

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by Phil Williams
Chief Investigative Reporter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A self-described political and media strategist is taking his campaign against three Tennessee Supreme Court justices to a new level, filing ethics complaints against them.

George Scoville has written numerous blog postings in support of a Republican effort to oust the three Democratic appointees.

Now, he has filed a complaint with the board that regulates Tennessee judges, accusing the three of engaging in improper political activity as they try to defend themselves.

He faults the justice for allowing NewsChannel 5 into the Supreme Court chambers to shoot video about the plan to attack them. And he argues they should not have sat down together for a joint interview with NewsChannel 5, saying it created the appearance they were endorsing each other. (Read the complaint.)

NewsChannel 5 reached out to Scoville, who would not identify his clients.

"I'm sorry, but I have strict confidentiality agreements with my clients, who are in the Washington, DC area," Scoville said in an email. "I can say, however, that I am not currently servicing any clients related to any election for any public office at any level of government."

E-mail: pwilliams@newschannel5.com

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