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TNDP Highlights Ethics Complainant Against John Stevens
Martin, Tenn.—The Tennessee Democratic Party released a radio advertisement featuring a West Tennessee senior citizen who filed an ethics complaint again John Stevens, an embattled attorney and Republican candidate for the state senate in District 24.
The one-minute spot features Ginger Virginia House, Steven’s former client. It’s running on radio stations throughout the senate district in Northwest Tennessee. House filed an ethics complaint against Stevens after he charged her for services that were never delivered.
The following is a transcription of the advertisement:
“Have you heard about John Stevens, the candidate that ripped up a dying woman’s will, changed the beneficiaries of her will, and admitted to it in a sworn statement? When I heard about this, I had to come forward and speak out. My name is Ginger Virginia House. My husband and I also hired John Stevens to write a will for our family. But John pocketed our money, never did the will, and didn’t even return our calls. He shouldn’t treat people that way. Because of what John Stevens did to the dying lady in a coma, and to my family, I filed an ethics complaint against him. I understand that the woman in a coma wanted to leave her money to St. Jude Children Hospital, but John Stevens tried to stop that. I knew John Stevens and how he operates; John Stevens is a bad apple. If you can’t trust John Stevens with a will for senior citizens, you can’t trust John Stevens at all.”
You can hear the ad online at TNDP.org.
This is not the first time Stevens has found himself in ethical hot water. Court documents show that Stevens tore up the last will and testament of Ruth Karas while she was unconscious. Karas reportedly intended to leave much of her estate to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
St. Jude and Youth Town sued to restore the original will, which directed her estate to be split between the two organizations, other than $100,000 left to Keras’ brother, Earl Allen.
According to court records, Stevens drew up a power of attorney on behalf of Keras, naming Peggy Wilkes of Carroll County as her attorney-in-fact. He also established a revocable trust establishing that upon her death its assets would be divided equally between Wilkes and Allen.
Senate Candidate Destroyed Will of Dying Woman. [knoxnews.com, 9/25/12]
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