District Attorney Bill Cox Will Not Seek Re-Election

Monday, September 23, 2013
Bill Cox
Bill Cox

District Attorney Bill Cox told members of the Pachyderm Club on Monday that he will not seek re-election in next year's voting.

Mr. Cox said, "I love this job." But he said he is now 66 and will be 67 at the time of the August general election next year.

Noting that he will be in his mid-70s at the end of the next eight-year term, he said he had concerns that he would be able to give his full focus on the job "six or seven years down the road." 

Mr. Cox stated, "I have an obligation to the people of Hamilton County to give them my best every day."

He said he told his staff prior to the luncheon speech at Republican Headquarters at Main and Chestnut.

Mr. Cox said the decision came "after a lot of prayer and soul-searching."

He also said in the speech that crime has been decreasing here and across the country in the past decade. Due to a variety of factors, "it has reduced significantly," he said.

Mr. Cox said prosecutors are required to turn over all parts of a case to the defense, but the defense does not have to. As a result, he said, "We get ambushed a lot. They produce a whole passel of witnesses that we've never heard of."

He said both sides should have to make full discovery to the other.

Mr. Cox said he was bothered by the fact that some courts have ruled that the prosecution is not allowed to show a photo of the victim to the jury. He said the prosecution should be able to "personalize" the victim.

Mr. Cox has nearly 40 years’ experience in the criminal justice system. In 1972, after completing his military service, he joined the Chattanooga Police Department. He began as a patrol officer. While with the police department he continued his education, attending college while off duty, and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. 

After graduation from UTC he commuted to Nashville several nights a week for four years in order to obtain a law degree from the Nashville School of Law. After receiving his law degree and passing the bar, he became a prosecutor for the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office.
 


Employee At Hanson Pressure Pipe Injured Tuesday Afternoon

An employee at Hanson Pressure Pipe in Sale Creek was injured Tuesday afternoon.  At  1:30 pm , a 911 call was made reporting an employee had sustained an injury to his hand. The Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department and Hamilton County EMS responded and reported a male in his mid 30s had suffered a hand injury on a piece of machinery. Fire officials reported ... (click for more)

TBI Top 10 Fugitive From Warren County Captured In Florida

A fugitive on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Bryan James Cooke, was captured  Tuesday  morning in Jacksonville, Fl., a day after being added to the list. Early Tuesday morning, Cooke was arrested at a hotel in Jacksonville by officers with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. A Jeep that had been stolen from the residence of Gail ... (click for more)

On The News Tonight: A Reflection On A Horrifying Crash And Its Aftermath

On the news tonight,  on the news tonight. The unobtrusive tones on the news tonight. It's just make-believe You can't believe everything you see So baby, close your eyes to the lullabies On the news tonight.   "The News" by Jack Johnson On Journalism On Thursday I was in Jackson, Tennessee playing music. I was a minimum of four hours away ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Tonight, Take A Second

Peter Whibberley, known globally as “The Time Lord,” will freely tell anyone, “There are consequences of tinkering with time,” but tinker we must because the world – planet Earth -- is spinning slower. So tonight at 7:59:60 p.m. EDT, the Senior Research Scientist at Britain’s National Physical Laboratory will add an extra second to the hour – and our day -- before it becomes 8:00 ... (click for more)

Fort Oglethorpe Swimmers Get First Win Of Season

There are a lot of positive and upbeat coaches in the Chattanooga Area Swim League, but perhaps none any more than Fort Oglethorpe veteran Tony Womac. This guy is always happy, always smiling and always offering something positive to those around him. He may have been just a bit more of all the above on Monday night after his Marlins defeated the Cumberland Currents in a home ... (click for more)

John Shearer: A Look At The Origin Of The Lady Vols’ Name

On Wednesday, the University of Tennessee is scheduled to drop the Lady Vols nickname from all women’s sports teams except the basketball squad.   The change has been a source of much debate, particularly in Knoxville. As evidence, several people wanting to keep the Lady Vols name protested last Thursday along Joe Johnson Drive, near where the UT board of trustees was meeting ... (click for more)