Vanderbilt Law Review

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Local government cases usually make dry reading, but this year one unusual dispute gives some insight into the customs and court-house politics in one of Tennessee's smaller counties. The county judge and the county register of deeds (a lady) disagreed about office space in the courthouse. The county judge wanted to swap offices with the lady, but she refused. So after talking to the sheriff about it, the judge knocked holes in the lady's wall; whereupon she got an injunction. Judge Shriver, speaking for the court of appeals, said the sheriff could not give the judge permission to knock the lady's wall down. Judge Shriver found a section of the Tennessee Code vesting in the quarterly county court supervision of the courthouse and observed, in passing, that "learned counsel failed to take note of" this code section which solves the whole problem for everyone concerned.