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By DAMON LAWRENCE
The conflicts continue between attorney Chris Cawood and the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
The latest strife stems over a public records request Cawood sent to the board.
Cawood asked the board for e-mails and text messages made or received by board attorneys Nancy Jones and Sandy Garrett on state computers or state-paid cell phones.
The law allows any Tennessee citizen to inspect public records. Cawood said there can be no charge to inspect public records, only for copies.
That’s why he said he was taken aback when Jones, the board’s chief disciplinary counsel, sent him a letter requesting he pay the board $36,642 to comply with his request.
“They’re a public board, so it’s public record,” Cawood said. “I told them I was going to sue them if they don’t give me what I asked for.”
Messages on Jones’ and Garrett’s voicemail said they were out of the office last week.
The board is seeking to have Cawood disciplined for a sexual tryst he had with two women at his law office. The board’s own hearing panel and a judge have both determined that no discipline is warranted, but the board is appealing to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Cawood claims the board is carrying on a vendetta it’s had against him for more than 20 years. Jones has repeatedly denied those claims.
The public records issue could give Cawood more material for a book he said he’s writing about the board. The book is titled “The Board of Unprofessional Irresponsibility.”