A Matter of Timing

State Rep. Ryan Haynes, R-Knoxville, got a bill passed in the wake of the conviction of Judge Baumgartner that prohibits public officials from being eligible for judicial diversion. The law took effect July 1, 2012.

Former Knox County Trustee John Duncan III has applied for and received judicial diversion for his felony plea that removed him from office. But he was charged with getting undeserved bonuses for himself and some staffers in 2010. That made him eligible.