Blount County Circuit Judge Mike Meares on Saturday issued a response to a letter written by Maryville attorney David Black that was critical of Meares.
Black’s letter to Meares was dated June 16 and released to the media. In the letter Black criticized Meares’ questioning of attorneys regarding how Local Rules were amended in 2007.
Following several hearings in May and June, Meares ruled that parts of the Local Rules attorneys operate under were invalid.
For his part, Meares July 26 letter attempted to answer Black. Meares also shared thoughts on why he called attorneys into court to testify as to how Local Rules were amended, criticized members of the Republican Party for trying to slander him and shared fond memories of better times when he and Black played poker together.
The letter has eight paragraphs and the fifth through eighth paragraphs address issues related to the Local Rules questions and his campaign to retain his seat against opposition from the Republican party.
The second half of the Meares’ letter reads as follows:
“I am working full time to dispel any notion that cases are fixed by lawyers in the back room. I have not taken contributions from lawyers and will not apologize for working on Saturday or for requiring anyone including lawyers for having to appear in open court and tell the truth. We do it everyday with ordinary folks and lawyers are not one bit better before the law than anyone else.
“I will not apologize for my 22-page opinion ruling a portion of our local rules invalid or for questioning the quality of legal work that is incomplete, inaccurate and serves to allow partiality in the assignment of cases. I will no more apologize for that Order than I will for my decision to require the prosecution of the 202 defendants who hadn’t even been logged into either the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) or our county’s computers. Case files represent real people whom we serve and not one of them should be singled out for special treatment.
Finally, I have several admissions to make. First, I will never forget your generosity in letting me keep the Volkswagen I lost in the poker game 34 years ago. Thank you. Second, I have always admired your elegant persuasion as a lawyer and will always be proud that you participated in my ceremonial swearing-in as Judge. Thank you, again. Third, if you or Mayor Cunningham or Judge Young wants to hurt me politically don’t call me a “splinter” or a “monkey” or a “hog” or go and cook up statistics to say I haven’t done a good job as Judge. Those things are not even close to true. The politics to maintain total control of our local judiciary are unsavory enough but if you folks have to sling mud to keep me from getting elected, leave my family out of it and then say whatever you want about me personally. The problem you and a few powerful people in this County will still have is that I won’t cover-up the truth! I will do the public’s business in public and no-one can hedge their bets with me.
I have seen enough trouble in this life to be glad that my soul has already been paid for by our Lord and Savior. The good ole boys who think they run everything in this County do not run me. My oath as Judge will never be compromised.