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Lawyers drawing up orders for judges to sign is a common practice in the Roane County court system.
“Sometimes the judge gets mad about something and he draws the order, but the general rule is lawyers always prepare the order and the judge signs them,” said longtime Harriman attorney Bill Newcomb.
The practice created some controversy recently.
In June, Roane County Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr. signed an order restoring the citizenship rights for convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll.
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