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NAMED AS DEFENDANT IN CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUIT
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sep. 19, 2014) — In a brief filed by Lawrence County, TN General Sessions Judge Patricia McGuire by her counsel in the case of Arthur Jay Hirsch v. Judge Patricia B. McGuire, District Attorney General Mike C. Bottoms, et al, McGuire’s defense counsel referred to Bottoms as “Former District Attorney General Mike Bottoms.”
The plaintiff in the case, Arthur Hirsch, alleged constitutional and civil rights violations on the part of the defendants, which included several assistant district attorneys general and two Tennessee Highway Patrolmen in addition to McGuire and Bottoms.
On Friday, The Post & Email contacted the office of the District Attorneys General for Tennessee’s 22nd District, asking for the media representative. The woman who answered the telephone stated that she was the only person in the office at the time. When we asked when Bottoms left his post and whether or not he assumed another position, she said, “He retired.” When we asked the effective date of his retirement, the response was, “August 31st.” We then asked if the retirement had been planned, to which we were told, “Yes.” When we asked if there was anything “unusual” about Bottoms’ retirement, the woman adamantly, almost shouting, said, “No!!”
Indeed, Bottoms had announced his retirement in January of this year.
Bottoms’ former credential still appears in numerous internet searches. One search invoking “Mike Bottoms” directs to the prosecutor’s website where Brent Cooper, the new district attorney general, is pictured.
The district encompasses the counties of Maury, Lawrence, Wayne and Giles.
Cooper is also named as a defendant in Hirsch’s lawsuit.