Judges playing political hot potato in the case of Henri Brooks

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- On Monday it became obvious the big question is, who's going to take on the case of former county commissioner Henri Brooks? Her lawyers only have a week to get a judge to rule on whether or not she can still serve on the county commission, and the clock is ticking.

Brooks's lawyer Michael Working said, "Perhaps tomorrow, perhaps later this week, before the holiday, perhaps in the morning on Monday before the meeting."

As of now she's out of the job. But if a judge reverses the ruling or issues a restraining order, she could still go to commission meetings. The problem is, a lot of judges have connections to other Shelby County employees and don't want to appear biased.

Commissioner Chris Thomas says this should have been the plan all along.

"I asked the county attorney that we should ask for a special judge. When she asked why, I told her it should be heard from someone outside, she says that's up to the judge hearing the case."

But from what we saw Monday in court, the case could be headed out of Shelby County, just like her criminal case for assaulting a woman in the parking lot at Methodist Central.

Chancellor Walter Evans said, "If all of us recuse ourselves from hearing the case, then the Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court will appoint an out-of-county judge."

The thing is, the longer this drags on, the more lawyer fees she and the commission rack up -- and you, the taxpayers, are footing the bill.

Brooks's other attorney Andre Wharton said, "The question of the expense, in many instances unfortunately, is the cost of democracy...is expensive."

So we will be back in court Tuesday. We should point out Judge Armstrong is running for court of appeals, so he may not take this case knowing that if he does, he may hear it again in the court of appeals.


  • KeepMeUpdated

    we, the people, have already asked for “outside help”. I have mailed letters. am waiting written verbal responses. She needs a tracking brace on her body to follow her movements. When will I get my tax money back paid to her, to do her job, when she was not doing it, but show-boating around juvenile court? Send her to jail, our tax money can go to that, rather than a lengthy court case, rather than steal more money from public funds to go to this case! Hurt more city personnel and retirees with their “cut’ pensions. Check out her facebook page – she is not giving any answers – no defense!

  • whoyoukiddin

    I will take the case! No I am not a judge, but a regular joe who knows the truth and what it stands for! Oh and I wouldn’t be letting the taxpayers pay for who lawyer (Wharton) who doesn’t care how your money is spent!

  • 1midtownmike

    It’s sad that any judge would excuse him / herself from this case…..some for the sake of racial solidarity…..others for the fear of political correctness and racial bullying. It tells me one thing……this city has lost the understanding of right and wrong. You think Gotham City went downhill because of corruption in the Batman movies…..just wait and see what becomes of Memphis. Bankruptcy by 2017…….it’s coming.

  • Cary Vaughn

    I must not be understanding or have missed something. From what I understand, you are not allowed to represent a district in which you do not live. Was it not determined that this was the case? That she does not live within the district she represents? If so, why does the court have to intervene? Should she not be allowed to serve?

  • 35068

    Henri Brooks is a laugh. Her supporters at the rally the other day were an even bigger laugh. She crumbled her own little world. When her world finishes crumbling to the ground it’s going to be even funnier. She can kiss the next election goodbye.

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    hmmmm post dIdnt posted. try agaIn lol. thIs Is bull$hit!!! too much pussyfootin around

  • John T. Dwyer

    I apologize for some of the wording in the following but it is directly quoted from the man himself. A great educator and humanitarian. His words are very profound in light of recent events. They were spoken over a hundred (100) years ago and they still have truth and meaning here, in 2014:

    “There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.”
    ― Booker T. Washington

    • KeepMeUpdated

      WOW! That is strong! Just exactly sounds like Brooks!

      I see you are correct, as a google/yahoo search of: “Booker T Washington There is another class of people” actually pulls up, and describes your quote in full. I wonder what this man would be saying to her, today, concerning her activities! Her facebook page is rockin’ hard! She is closing some parts down (at least Janet Banks is holding some things back – censoring others).

  • Don

    Her criminal case for assaulting a woman in the parking lot at Methodist Central. should have a hate crime.
    Why was she not be charged with a HATE Crime? she was spewing all those racist words in front of the onlookers. Had she was white she would be tried in federal court. I would think Wharton had a finger in the pie.
    All of this has a bad odor to it.

  • takenobull

    Local judges should just do their job. God knows they get paid enough with all those free training sessions in Las Vegas etc. This is not a hard case to decide. She either is paying a electricity bill in her district or not. She has had ample opportunity to prove a address. Judges be a man do your job :) Yall to worried about offending a fellow politician. :)


    The way that I see it, this is Memphis politics at it’s finest. A three ring circus to say the least. Before this is all said and done, Ringling Brothers will have nothing on the show that we are about to see. I no longer live in the city, but I will alway love Memphis. It pains me to see how the elected officials are handling this entire situation. This woman, by any unit of measurement, is a disgrace to this or any other community, company or organization she would wish to represent. I find it nauseating that anyone would, from this point forward, either give her the time of day or listen to anything that would come out of her mouth. Nevertheless, a large amount of tax dollars will be spent on this dog and pony show. Memphis is doomed is less than a decade. I hope and pray that voters will find a way to unite and put intelligent, analytical, color blind and dedicated people into the management of the city and it’s resources. Only then, will Memphis have the slimmest of chances to grow and prosper in the coming decade. Alas, I am not going to hold my breath……..

  • Dr. JohnS

    Of course no judge in their right mind would want to handle the case. She would cuss them out and call them a racist. I do hoe the judge appointed by the Supreme Court makes her pay every dime of the money she owes the taxpayer.

  • Patricia Clevenger

    I wish someone in this city would have the ethics to stand up and say this is not a race issue it is a legal issue. Henri Brooks is the most racist person I have ever seen and no one has the nerve to stand up to her and say this is not acceptable.

  • Arguenot

    Where does it say, that if an elected official is accused and found guilty of a criminal act (voter fraud) That the taxpayer must foot the cost of their defense? I hope the City and County sue Brooks for any and all costs incurred by this, and any other nonsense she has done. Also add punitive damages on there for her racist remarks and actions that are contrary to the good of Memphis.
    You can not call for racial equality while denying another their rights Brooks.

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