To her job presiding over a criminal court.
To the pre-trial detention hearing of people, presumed innocent and held in jail before trial.
Where witnesses are summoned.
The judge is late for the hearing scheduled by the judge herself.
So, if an attorney is late for the hearing, the attorney will be sanctioned, and the judge would have ruled against the attorney.
But the judge can allow herself to be late.
And, shortly after she arrived (late), the judge has to leave.
Why does she have to leave?
She has "to teach a class".
But, isn't the judge's job is - well, to judge? Not to teach a class?
Obviously, to teach a class was a priority.
A PERSONAL priority for a Tennessee judge Rachel Bell .
That personal priority of judge Rachel Bell prevented several people from having their detention hearing within 10 days, as required by law.
Since the judge was in a hurry to teach a class - did she release those people because she did not have time, for personal reasons, to hold the detention hearing within 10 days, as required by statute?
Of course, not.
She simply delayed their stay in jail and went to teach a class at a local high school.
And, did the other judge - who vacated her unlawful decision - report her misconduct?
Of course, not.
Judge Mark Fishburn found it not appropriate "to report a colleague".
Judge Fishburn is himself a member of various extra-judicial associations and organizations.
Was his reluctance to report the obvious misconduct of judge Rachel Bell a reflection that he may be in need of the same leniency from her in the future, if he gives priority to his own extra-judicial activities and "community involvement", other than his direct job that taxpayers are paying him for - TO JUDGE?
And - by the way - did Judge Bell appreciate the leniency of Judge Fishburn in not reporting her to disciplinary authorities?
Did she "accept responsibility"?
Did she "express remorse"? Those are the usual cliches in disciplinary proceedings where leniency is afforded to people committing misconduct.
Oh, no, quite the opposite.
Here is what was reported by The Tennessian as Rachel Bell's reaction to Judge Fishburn's rulings overturning adjournment orders of Judge Bell and releasing the defendants pending trial - which is what Judge Bell was supposed to do if she did not have time for a hearing within time limits required by statute.