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Judge Tony W. Stansberry is seeking re-election for Knox County General Sessions Court Judge, Division V. With his significant and exemplary courtroom experience and strong respect for the rule of law, Judge Stansberry is the clear choice in Knox County.
For more than 25 years, Judge Stansberry has been on the bench and has provided fair and unbiased decisions in both criminal and civil court cases. Since being elected in 1996 and re-elected by an overwhelming majority in 1998, 2006 and 2014, he has conducted thousands of preliminary hearings over a wide variety of cases from disorderly conduct to first-degree murder.
Additionally, Judge Stansberry started the Knox County Drug Court in General Sessions in 1999 and continued that service until 2006. The Drug Court promotes public safety and health to its participants by providing comprehensive care to substance abuse offenders through a partnership between the judiciary, government, law enforcement and health care providers. Prior to his service on the bench, Judge Stansberry served as an Assistant District Attorney for Knox County in many different capacities from 1987 until 1994. During his tenure with the DA’s office, he prosecuted cases in both City and County General Sessions Courts as well as Juvenile Court. He was assigned to Knox County Criminal Court from 1990-1993, where he conducted jury trials. He was then assigned to the Knox County Drug Unit in 1993-1994, where he supervised personnel and law enforcement officers and performed continuing legal education for all local narcotics units.
After leaving the DA’s office and before being appointed to the bench, Judge Stansberry went into private practice as a Supervising Attorney for the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos for about a year. His extensive courtroom knowledge has proven to be invaluable as a Judge in Knox County, Tennessee.
Judge Tony Stansberry was born and raised in Knox County and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Political Science and from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He has been married to Jennifer Stansberry, a Knoxville native, for close to 30 years and they are the proud parents of a daughter, Anne McCall Stansberry.
Judge Stansberry is a member of the Knoxville Bar Association and the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference. Over the years, he has served as a member of the Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals and the Metropolitan Drug Commission, where he was both the Vice-Chair and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Also, Judge Stansberry was an Adjunct Faculty Member at Knoxville Business College and Bristol University as a Paralegal instructor.
Outside of the courtroom, Judge Stansberry enjoys reading, traveling, sports and spending time with his family and friends. His blood runs deep orange as a fan of all of the University of Tennessee's sports teams. GO VOLS! He believes that Knoxville is the best place on earth to live, work and raise a family. He is and will always be a proud citizen of Knox County and the State of Tennessee.