All four of the Judges in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit have been recused from hearing any further legal proceedings in the case of State Court Judge Carlton Vines. Instead Superior Court Judge G. Carey Nelson of Bartow County in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit will be hearing the case. Judge Nelson is a former Bartow County attorney.
Vines is being charged in connection with alledged irregularities in the 2006 election where he defeated Sam Finister for the post of State Court Judge. Vines is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday at the Chattooga County Courthouse.