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Rutherford County Judge announces retirement 1 day after state lawmakers file resolution calling for her ouster

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Rutherford County Juvenile Court Judge Donna Davenport

(Mike Osborne) — An embattled Rutherford County Judge said on Tuesday that she has decided to retire.

In a press statement, Juvenile Court Judge Donna Davenport announced she won’t seek reelection this fall and will retire at the end of her current term.

Judge Davenport’s decision comes just one day after two state lawmakers announced they had filed legislation seeking her ouster from the bench.

A federal judge recently ordered Rutherford County to compensate hundreds of children wrongfully incarcerated by Judge Davenport’s court.

Original estimates suggested the county might be forced to payout some 11 million dollars in restitution.