McMinn County, Tennessee, judge declares 2022 ouster petition a ‘fraud’

Case attorney ordered to report to state disciplinary board

City of Athens, Tenn. / Former Athens, Tenn., Mayor Bo Perkinson, center, gavels down Council Member Dick Pelley, to his right, during an Aug. 16, 2022, meeting that was the focus of an ouster petition that drew sanctions from a McMinn County Circuit Court judge, who called the petition a fraud. Also shown, left to right, are Council Member Frances Witt-McMahan, former Council Member Mark Lockmiller and Council Member Jordan Curtis.

A McMinn County Circuit Court judge has ordered sanctions against an Athens City Council member and his attorney after calling their 2022 ouster petition seeking to remove a former mayor "a fraud upon this court."