A former Tennessee state trooper has asked a federal judge to rule that the state's top law enforcement agency is in contempt of court.
Former Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bryan Farmer filed the motion over the TBI's failure to turn over its file on deputy governor Dave Cooley.
Farmer had subpoenaed the file as part of his lawsuit alleging improper favoritism in trooper promotions.
Two years ago, the bureau investigated allegations of ticket fixing involving a speeding ticket that Cooley received from another trooper.
No charges were filed, and the case was closed.
The TBI says it's willing to turn over the file on Cooley, but that the state attorney general has advised them not to comply with the subpoena. The attorney general's office responded to Farmer's subpoena with a letter of objection.
Farmer's attorney, Arthur F. Knight III, writes in his motion to the court:
"Even if one could conclude that the letter was a 'proper' or even legal response to the issued subpoena, the reasons cited in the letter from the Assistant Attorney General for the bureau's failure to produce the file are laughable and disingenuous."