A Campbell County judge could be the subject of a criminal investigation after she was accused of upgrading the charges against a woman in excess of her powers as a judge. Judge Amanda Sammons has served as Campbell County General Sessions Court Judge since September of 2014.
The case that has led to the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference announcing last week that it would be appointing a special to look into the allegations against her.
A woman named Kristin Smith was arrested for child neglect in January after a Caryville Police Officer noticed she didn’t have her two children properly restrained in side her vehicle. Smith was jailed on charges of child neglect and not given a bond. However, the charge was later increased to aggravated child abuse by Sammons, who also reportedly set bail for Smith at $250,000. The next day she called the county jail and lowered Smith’s bond to $500.
Sammons has denied the accusation, but a special prosecutor will be assigned to determine if she broke any laws, as even as a judge, she does not have the legal authority to amend charges.
The Tennessee District Attorney Generals Conference confirmed last week that a special prosecutor will be assigned to look into the allegations that Sammons’ changed Smith’s charges. Sammons doesn’t have the power to amend charges.
We will keep you updated as developments warrant.