Gibson resigns as district attorney

Posted By | April 27, 2008 12:00 am

The man who sat at the helm of the 13th Judicial District Attorney General’s office 18 years has tendered his resignation after two years of legal wrangling over what was considered inappropriate judgment.
William E. “Bill” Gibson, who was first elected to the position in 1990 and reelected during each successive race, sent a letter to Gov. Phil Bredesen, on Thursday, stating his resignation would be effective July 10, 2008.
Gibson’s actions came into the forefront when it was reported he had written letters to Christopher B. Adams, between July 2004 and July 2006, while Adams was awaiting trial for murder and aggravated robbery. Adams had pled guilty to the September 2003 stabbing death and robbery of a 79-year-old Putnam County woman.
Gibson said, “It is my intention that this letter be irrevocable and offered in anticipation of giving you ample time to select a proper replacement for appointment to this office.”
In his words to the governor, Gibson praised his staff and noted “great accomplishments have been made in our area.” He said he was “doing what I believe is the right thing under difficult and challenging circumstances.”
Gibson’s law license was temporarily suspended Sept. 25, 2006, based upon the Supreme Court’s finding that “Mr. Gibson posed a substantial threat of irreparable harm to the public.”
In March, state representatives Charles Curtiss, of White County, Henry Fincher, of Putnam County, and Frank Buck, of DeKalb County, co-sponsored a resolution to remove Gibson from office. The legislature had reportedly set a committee hearing about the matter for April 28.
Many of the complaints about the unresolved situation centered on Gibson still receiving his salary, although he was not officially performing the duties of district attorney general. Tony Craighead, who was working as an assistant D.A.G. at the time of Gibson’s law license revocation, was named as interim chief prosecutor.
It is unknown at this time about the status of Gibson’s law license. 


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