The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee is opening an investigation against District Attorney General Craig Northcott.
Kevin Balkwill of the Disciplinary Counsel sent a notice to Liam Foskett, the government affairs coordinator of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Friday, June 7 with the news of the investigation.
The CAIR complaint comes from an anti-Islam social media post made by Northcott. In the post, Northcott relates followers of the Islamic faith to groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and calls them a “violent, racist hate group.”
CAIR’s complaint alleges that Northcott violated two rules of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct. The complaint alleges that Northcott violated Rule 3.8 of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct, a comment to which states that prosecutors are expected “to be impartial in the sense that charging decisions should be based upon the evidence, without discrimination or bias for or against any groups or individuals.”
It also alleges that Northcott violated rule 8.4(d), which stipulates that, “A lawyer who, in the course of representing a client, knowingly manifests, by words or conduct, bias or prejudice based on race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status” engages in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. (Comment 3 to rule 8.4(d)).
The Times will be following up on this story as more information develops.