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Woman files complaint against judge

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A Hendersonville woman who fought for more than two years to get her freedom from a guardianship has filed a complaint against the judge who handled her case.

Ginger Franklin's life started falling apart after she fell down the stairs in her condo in July 2008.

The fall gave her a temporary brain injury. Judge Randy Kennedy appointed a conservator to handle her affairs until she got better.

She was surprised to discover later that the conservator had moved quickly to liquidate what she owned.

"Six weeks after I fell, my house was up for sale," Franklin said.

Franklin fought for two years to get out from under the conservatorship, saying she'd recovered. In that time the conservator had liquidated nearly everything Franklin had: her  savings, her car, her house and furniture.

"My credit is ruined from where they filed bankruptcy. I'm having to start all over from scratch. Because I fell down the stairs," Franklin said.

Franklin has filed a complaint with the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary, claiming Judge Kennedy mishandled her case.

As an example, she said Kennedy refused to dissolve the conservatorship even though her neurosurgeon had said a year earlier she was fine and could return to work.

"These people are used to doing whatever they want and not being questioned," Franklin said.

But now, the Tennessee Court of the Judiciary is investigating. If they find the judge has done something wrong, he could be reprimanded.

Judge Kennedy responded to the panel with a five-page letter. He called Franklin's complaints "totally baseless."

The judge wrote that while one doctor said she was fine, two other doctors said previously that she needed a conservatorship. The judge asked the panel to dismiss her claim. He declined to speak to Channel 4.

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