Wednesday, August 24 2011 10:20 AM EDT2011-08-24 14:20:08 GMT
You paid for another high priced trip for a Memphis City Judge. Last month, the Action News Five Investigators uncovered receipts showing thousands spent on judicial conferences in the Caribbean, Las Vegas, and the Gulf Coast, just to name a few locations.More >>
Sunday, May 26 2013 12:05 AM EDT2013-05-26 04:05:39 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Grizzlies lost to the San Antonio Spurs Saturday in game 3 104 - 93. The Grizzlies play at home again Monday at FedExForum. Spurs lead the Western Conference Finals 3-0. CopyrightMore >>
The San Antonio Spurs used overtime for the second straight game to edge the Grizzlies 104-93, to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:49 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:49:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) - People nationwide gathered in downtown Memphis Saturday for a basketball game, music, and to enjoy to spirit of Beale Street. A street party outside FedExForum to celebrate game three of theMore >>
People nationwide gathered in downtown Memphis Saturday for a basketball game, music, and to enjoy to spirit of Beale Street. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:07 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:07:08 GMT
WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The Walnut Ridge community celebrated the life of 14-year-old Sidney Randall who went missing on March 9 and was found on May 18 in the Black River. Family and friends filledMore >>
The Walnut Ridge community celebrated the life of 14-year-old Sidney Randall who went missing on March 9 and was found on May 18 in the Black River.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:56 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:56:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Four people were shot and one died at a nightclub in Clarksdale, Mississippi Saturday morning. The shooting happened in the 300 Block of West Tallahatchie Street at 12:03 a.m. John Wilson, 35,More >>
Four people were shot and one died at a nightclub in Clarksdale, Mississippi Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:31:59 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Many around the Mid-South flock to Cooper-Young for its unique restaurants and atmosphere, but the shortage in parking spaces sends many patrons home with parking tickets. City leaders believeMore >>
Many around the Mid-South flock to Cooper-Young for its unique restaurants and atmosphere, but the shortage in parking spaces sends many patrons home with parking tickets.More >>
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC-TV) - It turns out no one is keeping tabs on a Memphis City judge while she travels the globe on your dime.
While Judge Earnestine Hunt-Dorse spends thousands of tax dollars on frequent trips, she's also spending hundreds of hours away from the bench, the place she is elected to serve.
Action News 5 recently asked the Memphis City attorney's office to provide attendance records for the three Memphis Judges.
"The city does not maintain such documents," the attorney's office said in an email.
There are also no records of when attorneys fill-in for the judges.
None of the judges responded to a public information request for the calendars they maintain.
Judge Dorse has been the focus of Action News 5 investigations because her travel expenses are more than twice as much as Memphis's other two city judges combined.
The three elected city judges receive annual salaries regardless of how many hours they work. The city says "no documents exist" to show the amount of hours judges are required to serve on the bench.
Judge Dorse's salary is $134,000 per a year.
Since the city of Memphis doesn't keep attendance records, The Action News 5 Investigators did some of our own calculations based on the travel expense reports.
The stated purpose of the trips, is to attend legal conferences. Judge Dorse was away from the bench for 24 work days in 2009 - nearly 5 work weeks. She was away for 32 work days in 2010. Already in 2011, she has been away for 18 work days - more than three weeks.
Based on her salary, you pay Judge Dorse $516 a day. That means over the course of about two-and-half years, you've paid her $38,152 for days she's not doing what she was elected to do.
That excludes holidays, vacation days, and sick days.
Private attorneys or county judges fill in when a city judge can't be on the bench. The city says "Judge Pro Tems receive no compensation."
Action News 5 is told private attorneys are willing to fill-in for free so they can get experience on the bench.
An attorney suggested the city contract private attorneys to work part-time instead of the elected judges. He said that would eliminate the large salaries, pensions, and benefits.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton says he is looking at all options and is open to ideas and changes.
For the city to use private attorneys instead of judges, a referendum would need to go before city voters. It would also require a change in state law.
After Mayor Wharton saw Action News 5's investigation, he put a temporary freeze on Judge Dorse's travel expense requests. His office is conducting a thorough review of the city's travel policy. It's that policy that allowed for the travel and reimbursements.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:57 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:57:13 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Tipton County Sheriff's Office found 32-year-old Michael Olin Holland, Jr.'s motorcycle Friday afternoon. No reports indicate that Holland was found. Holland was last seen Wednesday morning. AccordingMore >>
Investigators recovered 32-year-old Michael Olin Holland, Jr.'s body near the Covington airport Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:43 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A woman is dead and her husband is being questioned by police. The woman was reportedly shot in a domestic altercation on the 600 block of Hamilton Street in Orange Mound. Action News 5's JustinMore >>
A woman is dead and her husband is being questioned by police.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-25 21:35:53 GMT
The Shelby County Health Department has issued a Code Orange Ozone Alert for Saturday, May 25, 2013. On this day, MATA will offer 25 cent fares on bus, MATAplus and trolley rides. Seniors 65 yearsMore >>
Saturday, May 25, 2013, MATA will offer 25 cent fares on bus, MATAplus and trolley rides.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:58:47 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Club 152 on Beale Street has been given the OK to reopen. A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon. Since the closure, the owners have conducted backgroundMore >>
A judge gave the club owners permission to open the doors Friday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:32:50 GMT
(WMC-TV) - If you were not able to get a ticket to the Grizzlies matchup against the Spurs Saturday, you have one last chance to get your hands on one. The Memphis Grizzlies announced it will release aMore >>
If you were not able to get a ticket to the Grizzlies matchup against the Spurs Saturday, you have one last chance to get your hands on one.More >>
Friday, February 15 2013 11:51 PM EST2013-02-16 04:51:21 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Scientists at Ole Miss are generating a lot of buzz thanks to the creation of a new pain killer -- made with marijuana. Ole Miss is home to the nation's only legally grown marijuana operation.More >>
Scientists at Ole Miss are generating a lot of buzz thanks to the creation of a new pain killer -- made with marijuana.More >>
Click here to see how much you would take home depending on which state you bought your winning lottery ticket in. BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games likeMore >>
Millions of people try their luck on big lottery games like Powerball every week. We wonder what the odds actually are that you'll choose the winning combinations. WAFB's Keitha Nelson talks with an expert on numbers.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-05-23 22:45:01 GMT
(WMC-TV) - A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police. An orange circle marks the pointMore >>
A baby fights to survive at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in critical condition after being hit by an SUV with his mother behind the wheel, according to police.More >>