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14th Judicial District Attorney General Craig Northcott

More than 200 Nashville lawyers have called for an ethics investigation into a Tennessee prosecutor who said he refuses to bring domestic assault charges if a case involves a gay couple and who called Islam an "evil belief system."

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott has courted outrage for his comments against gay people during a speech and against Muslims on Facebook. Critics say they show Northcott "will not serve nor protect the constitutional rights of citizens without first subjecting them to a test of sexuality or religious-beliefs."

A growing coalition of lawyers called on the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility to investigate Wednesday, signing an open letter penned by Nashville lawyer Sunny Eaton. Eaton said she plans to send the letter this week.

Read more at our news partner's website, tennessean.com.

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