Craig Northcott under state investigation after comments about Muslims (Reports).

A Tennessee district attorney who called Islam “an evil belief system” and said he refuses to prosecute domestic violence cases involving same-sex couples is now under investigation by the state Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility.

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott, who faced increased scrutiny after being named a special prosecutor in a case involving a Nashville activist being charged with assault on House Speaker Glen Casada, is now being investigated by the board.

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations, which filed the complaint against Northcott on May 28, received a letter Friday from the state board confirming that an investigation has been opened.

More than 200 Nashville lawyers last week called on the professional standards board to open an ethics investigation into Northcott.

A spokesperson for the Board of Professional Responsibility has said the board is unable to comment on the case or confirm or deny that a complaint was received.

In Facebook posts, Northcott called Islam “an evil belief system,” and equated practicing Islam to being part of the Ku Klux Klan or Aryan Nations hate groups.

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“I will not be cowered into pretending that their belief system is legitimate or one of peace,” Northcott wrote earlier this year.

“We are fools if we don’t recognize this and protect ourselves, our families, our communities and our country from succumbing to this present and growing threat,” he said in one of the posts.

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Northcott has since refused to resign or apologize for the posts.

In its complaint, CAIR argued that Northcott violated two rules of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct prohibiting prosecutors from being partial or prejudiced.

Since the complaint was filed over Northcott’s comments about Muslims, a video discovered and published by liberal news outlet The Tennessee Holler showed Northcott telling a group of pastors in 2018 that he did not recognize “homosexual marriage” and would not prosecute domestic assault charges involving gay couples.


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