It appears that former Assistant District Attorney Doug Godbee will not get pretrial diversion on charges of official misconduct. A special prosecutor from the Ninth Judicial District recently refused to recommend pretrial diversion for Godbee.
Pretrial diversion would have allowed Godbee to avoid a trial, be put on probation, and keep a clean record if he stayed out of further trouble during the probationary period.
Godbee, an Asst. DA in the Third Judicial District for more than 20 years, was arrested on May 2, 2011, after a Hawkins County grand jury indicted him, finding that Godbee attempted "to solicit sexual favors and in some instances (received) sexual favors from female defendants whose cases he was prosecuting," In return for "sexual favors," Godbee offered "reductions in charges and/or punishment"
The News-Sentinel story is here. A previous noe4accountability blog post with links to many news articles recounting the Godbee saga is here.
Godbee's case is being handled in Jefferson County Criminal Court.