Hawkins County lawyer mired in sex scandal

Aug 10, 2012 Full story: Knoxville News Sentinel 29

Fired from his job as a Hawkins County prosecutor and indicted on charges he swapped sex for plea deals, Doug Godbee is once again mired in a sex scandal - this time for allegedly procuring sexual favors from clients as trade for legal work, documents show.

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Chatsworth, GA

#1 Aug 10, 2012
Godbee must be a Democrat.They always deny having sex with that women!!! But, then the truth comes out in the end.
Deibree

Maryville, TN

#2 Aug 10, 2012
At least he ask. 90% of molesters, rapest, ect would get less time and media coverage.
Aubrey

Talbott, TN

#3 Aug 10, 2012
how do you know he asked? lol sounds like someone may be a little to close to this guy
wrong in this picture

Sevierville, TN

#4 Aug 10, 2012
What exactly is wrong with the Board of Professional Responsibility, the wing of the supreme court of TN that regulates the practices of lawyers? How exactly did Godbee become suspended in January of 2012 only to be reinstated in February of 2012 before the next proof was provided resulting in his current suspension from law practice? From viewing the documents available online from the TN Board of Professional Responsibility, it appears that this man is totally unstable as it states that he suffers from a bipolar disorder. Yeah right, blame being bipolar for his voracious sexual appetite! The BPR (Board of Professional Responsibility) has an obligation to ensure that the public is protected from this sort of deviant. They have failed in that respect.
the city

United States

#5 Aug 11, 2012
What is any different letting cook and p.d. go around town screwing married women and still keeping their jobs? He hangs out wherever he wants and doesnt have to do anytv and gets away with it.
criditt

Maryville, TN

#6 Aug 11, 2012
wrong in this picture wrote:
What exactly is wrong with the Board of Professional Responsibility, the wing of the supreme court of TN that regulates the practices of lawyers? How exactly did Godbee become suspended in January of 2012 only to be reinstated in February of 2012 before the next proof was provided resulting in his current suspension from law practice? From viewing the documents available online from the TN Board of Professional Responsibility, it appears that this man is totally unstable as it states that he suffers from a bipolar disorder. Yeah right, blame being bipolar for his voracious sexual appetite! The BPR (Board of Professional Responsibility) has an obligation to ensure that the public is protected from this sort of deviant. They have failed in that respect.
He was in the hospital and diagnosed and treated. This man has done more good in this County than a dozen other so called "Good People" in Rogersville. At Least he's a man, not some stuck up little puss like most people with Public Jobs.
bi-polar

United States

#7 Aug 11, 2012
Yep I have visited both the North and South Pole. I agree that if a man takes medication it should excuse any kind of behavior. criditt shouldn't use sexual reference about something stuck up a little puss it shows perversity of the mind.(might need medication)
criditt

Maryville, TN

#8 Aug 11, 2012
I guess I should've used "stuck up, snobby or maybe, "better than you" atitude.

As* Holes like you shows whats on your mind. sick!
Disgusting

Piney Flats, TN

#9 Aug 11, 2012
> this time for allegedly procuring sexual favors from clients as trade for legal work

Let's not mince words, this is rape. The authorities, judges, prosecutors and district attorneys that have allowed Doug to continue roaming about and continuing his career as a sex predator are as responsible as he is at this point. Not one of them is fit to hold office.
yelp

United States

#10 Aug 12, 2012
Disgusting wrote:
> this time for allegedly procuring sexual favors from clients as trade for legal work
Let's not mince words, this is rape. The authorities, judges, prosecutors and district attorneys that have allowed Doug to continue roaming about and continuing his career as a sex predator are as responsible as he is at this point. Not one of them is fit to hold office.
it is rape forced rape and the state is at fault to not only once were they aware of this in 2009 but again in 2010 they take his liscance each time just to giv them back to him to rape more. his best bet is to give up law and plead guilty as well as make a deal befor it goes to court.
Goober

Atlanta, GA

#11 Aug 12, 2012
oops
update

Johnson City, TN

#12 Aug 12, 2012
Mark Kook, at the R.P.D is texting ,calling hounding married women for sex for favors on his job and money so this is no different.getting them pregnant he pays them to keep quiet
wrong in this picture

Sevierville, TN

#13 Aug 13, 2012
Disgusting wrote:
> this time for allegedly procuring sexual favors from clients as trade for legal work
Let's not mince words, this is rape. The authorities, judges, prosecutors and district attorneys that have allowed Doug to continue roaming about and continuing his career as a sex predator are as responsible as he is at this point. Not one of them is fit to hold office.
More oversight needs to be implemented in TN across the state for district attorneys and their office staff to implement harsh measures against creeps like Attorney Godbee who violate the rules of conduct that they are bound to and obligated by. The Office of the Board of Professional Responsibility is not providing that oversight well but currently, by statute, is the only entity available to discipline these whacko people who are a disgrace to their profession. BPR (Board of Professional Responsibility) is rigged too. They are protecting their own. Lawyers protecting lawyers. Those rules of professional conduct that are violated by the likes of Godbee and others, are written by attorneys to protect attorneys. The committee providing oversight should not be hand chosen by the Supreme Court, as the Board of Professional Responsibility is. That is equivalent to a fox guarding a hen-house. How crazy is that? If you don't believe that, try formulating a complaint to them. The BPR is responsible for ensuring that the consumer (public) is protected. If they at the BPR gave Godbee back his license within one month of being suspended (prior to the current suspension he is under)--one formulates questions in their mind. What exactly does an attorney have to do to be considered a danger and unfit to practice law? Godbee should not be dog catcher, much less an attorney, as his character is badly flawed.
City trash

Johnson City, TN

#14 Aug 13, 2012
THE BOARD NEED'S TO STEP IN ALSO FOR THE POLICE DEPT. TAKE CARE OF THIS OFFICER COOK ,WHO IS ALSO DOING THE SAME THING WHILE WORKING .HE SLEEP AT THE OFFICE WHILE WORKING GOES OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS TO MEET HIS WOMEN.
citizen

Kingsport, TN

#15 Aug 13, 2012
City charter says mayor is over police department.
nightshift

Johnson City, TN

#16 Aug 13, 2012
Rumor has it Doug kept a black book with all his affairs in it women, men and just so happen I had a close friend who lived in same complex as dougie He threw out his black book with all the names of men ,women he was having one of the bi polar min. he called 911 for help thought it had been stole when police came they search high and low only the officer who found it was COOKIE,he kept it so tht way he would never run out of ho's to call if so he liked the men as well.SO no COOK had to steal all his women from Doug and wont return his black book.He don't have to drive tht city cruiser everywhere to find them only up to the justices center on court day and escort them to the park.
governmental thugs

Sevierville, TN

#17 Aug 14, 2012
citizen wrote:
City charter says mayor is over police department.
Yes, mayor is over the crooked police department, but what the board of professional responsibility (BPR), being the entity that is supposed to discipline lawyers - needs to know- is that wrongdoing done upon such a wide scale (involving crooked police and crooked District attorney) is done with full cooperation of another and a crooked attorney cannot function effectively without cooperation and protection of another crooked entity (like the crooked thug cops). That in essence is organized crime.

Wonder what the grand jury foreman is like in Hawkins county? Does the crooked DA have the grand jury foreman in his pocket? Ideally, he shouldn't. Though he might. For example, In Sevier county, the cops are corrupt and in bed with the DA who is in bed with the grand jury foreman, and all is puppeteered by a crooked judge who likes to mingle in politics, which is a violation of the supreme court canons, or rules set down for judges saying what they shall and shall not do in their official capacities. Therefore, justice is selectively chosen (determining whether justice will or will not be served, depending on who is involved) at the onset...with much bias and partiality and not at all what it was designed to be.

The failure of the BPR to act or discipline these crooked attorneys is similar to aiding and abetting in their wrong doing. The BPR is hand chosen and controlled by the TN Supreme Court. That is where the true problems lie, as these DA's have no true oversight. It is friends and cohorts at the supreme court level protecting other friends and cohorts at the lower levels. Best said, it is cronyism. It is hurting many in counties across the state of TN.

To stop this mess, citizens from across the state need to be bold and band together. Many in smaller towns become afraid of speaking out against corrupt practices as they are scared for their families and their livelihoods and fear retaliation. Corrupt practices will not change until citizens unite and act despite their fears.
Downtown

Piney Flats, TN

#18 Aug 14, 2012
We haven't had a grand jury convened in over 10 years. It's been about that long since there's been a jury trial in this county either. Does that seem odd to you?
Curious

Knoxville, TN

#19 Aug 15, 2012
Downtown wrote:
We haven't had a grand jury convened in over 10 years. It's been about that long since there's been a jury trial in this county either. Does that seem odd to you?
Grand jury meets every two months and jury trials take place two or three times a year.
Downtown

Piney Flats, TN

#20 Aug 15, 2012
Is that so? Please state the dates of the last 3 jury trials in which a jury was actually impanelled, and the name of the judge.

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