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Davidson DA clears Shipley, Ford in TBI probe

Hank Hayes • Jan 9, 2012 at 11:28 AM

NASHVILLE — Davidson County District Attorney General Torry Johnson announced today there will be no criminal charges involving the actions of state Reps. Tony Shipley and Dale Ford, who advocated for three nurses whose licenses were stripped and then reinstated by the state nursing board.

On June 22, 2011, General Johnson asked for a full-scale Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe into Shipley's and Ford's actions, as well as employees of the Department of Health. The TBI received complaints about possible irregularities in actions taken by Ford and Shipley in collaboration with certain Department of Health employees.

This complaint was then brought to the attention of General Johnson. The investigation focused on whether the lawmakers illegally pressured the Board of Nursing to reinstate three nurse practitioners it had previously suspended from practice.

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