NEWPORT, Tenn. -- An East Tennessee magistrate has been replaced months after ordering a baby's name changed from Messiah to Martin because she believes Messiah is a title held only by Jesus Christ.
Lu Ann Ballew was a child support magistrate, serving at the pleasure of the chief judge of Tennessee's fourth judicial district.
Judge Duane Slone terminated Ballew on Friday and appointed a new magistrate.
He did not return calls seeking comment, and his order does not explain why he ended Ballew's appointment.
Ballew, an attorney, still faces a March 3 hearing on accusations that she violated Tennessee's Code of Judicial Conduct.
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Among other things, the code requires judges to perform all duties without bias or prejudice based on religion.
Ballew's August name change decision was overturned at a September hearing.