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 Published: August 22, 2019


SPEAKER-ELECT CAMERON SEXTON HAS ASKED THE TENNESSEE ATTORNEY GENERAL WHETHER REPRESENTATIVE DAVID BYRD CAN BE EXPELLED FROM OFFICE.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA SOURCES, SEXTON WANTS TO KNOW IF ATTORNEY GENERAL HERBERT SLATERY FEELS THEY CAN EXPEL BYRD FOR POTENTIAL MISCONDUCT THAT OCCURRED PRIOR TO HIM SERVING IN THE LEGISLATURE.  BYRD HAS BEEN UNDER SCRUTINY FOR OVER A YEAR AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL CONTACT FROM THREE OF HIS FORMER WAYNE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYERS. SEXTON IS ASKING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO ENSURE DUE PROCESS, CLARIFY ANY CONSTITUTIONALITY QUESTIONS RAISED, AND TO GUARANTEE THEY OPERATE WITHIN LEGAL PARAMETERS BECAUSE OF THE TIME FRAME IN WHICH THIS ALLEGED BEHAVIOR OCCURRED.  REPRESENTATIVE GLORIA JOHNSON, OF KNOXVILLE, WANTS TO INTRODUCE A RESOLUTION ON FRIDAY IN WHICH THE HOUSE WOULD VOTE TO EXPEL BYRD, DURING THE SPECIAL SESSION TO PLACE SEXTON IN OFFICE. SLATTERY'S OFFICE ADVISED ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THAT IT DID NOT EXPECT TO HAVE AN OPINION ISSUED PRIOR TO FRIDAY'S SESSION.