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Court Opens Investigation into Judges' Conduct

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There's a new development in our NewsChannel 5 investigation of some Nashville judges -- judges who keep people waiting while they're off doing other things.

The court that oversees judges in Tennessee has now opened its own investigation.

That court, called the Court of the Judiciary, has now requested copies of our stories for its own investigation.

Our NewsChannel 5 Investigates team found Judge Gale Robinson's bench empty. At the same time, we found him working his second job as a funeral director.

We also spotted Judge Gloria Dumas being repeatedly late --as much as an hour and a half late. And she admitted she has some issues.

"For those who feel like they've been sitting in a courtroom and being unjustly sitting there for that amount of time because I'm late, I apologize to them," Dumas told NewsChannel 5's chief investigative reporter Phil Williams.

A court spokesperson is saying very little about how the Court of the Judiciary plans follow up on our investigation.

But for them to make an open, public request like this is highly unusual.

While Dumas admits she has some issues, Robinson hasn't expressed any regret. He has said he's proud of both his jobs.

His secretary tried to explain that he was with dear family friends on two occasions he was working funerals. But while the family was grieving during services inside, we've got video of the judge outside, enjoying some light-hearted moments with other funeral workers.

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