Courts

The state’s Special Supreme Court may eventually get around to hearing a case challenging the state’s method of selecting judges. But the panel itself has to get sorted out first.

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Press Release from Gov. Bill Haslam’s office; Sept. 21, 2012:  Panel in Place to Take Up Potential Appeal of Hooker et al. v. Haslam et al. NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed three new attorneys to the Special Supreme Court to hear a case from which all five Tennessee Supreme Court justices have […]

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Op-ed from John Jay Hooker, Advocate for Election & Campaign Finance Reform; September 14, 2012:  Supreme Court Judges, the Big Lie, and the Cover-up In 1973 in the case of Higgins v. (Governor) Dunn, the Supreme Court of Tennessee unlawfully held that the Retention Election statute is constitutional. The constitutionality of the Act was not […]

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Tennessee Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons says the state is getting closer to overhauling the state’s DUI statutes, but he doubts the first round of changes will add any new teeth to the laws. Gibbons said down the line he and a committee of state and local officials may consider recommending changes in the law like […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he will appoint three new judges to a five-member panel formed to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee’s method of selecting judges. Three original appointees stepped down over a possible conflict of interest.

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State troopers set up no-refusal checkpoints over the Labor Day weekend under a law passed earlier this year that makes it much harder for drivers suspected of being under the influence to refuse alcohol tests.

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More than half the members of Gov. Bill Haslam’s hand-picked special Supreme Court have recused themselves from hearing a case to determine the constitutionality of how Tennessee selects appellate and high-court judges. Special Supreme Court Judges William Muecke Barker, George H. Brown and Robert L. Echols announced Friday they had disqualified themselves from the case […]

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Press release from the Office of the Attorney General of Tennessee; August 29, 2012:  Tennessee homeowners are already reaping substantial benefits under the National Mortgage Settlement, according to a preliminary report released today by settlement monitor Joe Smith. Compiling data received from all five mortgage servicers who are party to the settlement, the report shows […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; August 28, 2012:  U.S. District Court Judge S. Thomas Anderson, who dismissed in June a “birther” lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s place on the ballot in Tennessee, sanctioned Friday the plaintiffs’ attorney, Van Irion, for bringing a frivolous lawsuit. In the suit, the Liberty Legal Foundation, a right-wing […]

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The Franklin Republican is mulling a run for his old House Republican Caucus chairman’s seat at a time when party conservatives and gun rights advocates say they’re less than satisfied with the current regime.

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Two members of a state panel considering whether Tennessee’s appointment system for selecting judges is constitutional also lead a group that lobbies on the issue. George H. Brown and William M. Barker are board members of Tennesseans for Fair and Impartial Courts, which supports the current system and opposes selection at the ballot box.

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Courting Conflicts

by Editorial Staff on August 2, 2012

The governor has chosen the members of a special court to determine a lawsuit in which he himself is named as a defendant. The case on appeal is John Jay Hooker’s challenge to the “Tennessee Plan” for selecting judges.

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