Supreme Court

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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Press release from the Tennessee Courts System; July 24, 2012:  The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission recently developed an important training video that will help attorneys and legal agencies that work with people with disabilities. The video, Providing Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities, was created to raise awareness and reduce the barriers […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam was mentioned prominently in a Forbes piece Thursday, after he and four other GOP governors said they would consider an expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care reform law if the money were awarded as a block grant. “Obviously, as a Republican, I’m with those folks who say, if you can […]

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State lawmakers want the power to approve or reject appointees to Tennessee’s Supreme and Appellate Courts. Another plan to ask voters to formally adopt the state’s current practice of picking judges failed this year.

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Even though the current system has been ruled constitutional, many lawmakers have trouble getting over the nagging feeling that it really doesn’t gel with Tennessee’s governing document. And they doubt voters approve either.

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Press Release from Sen. Brian Kelsey; Jan. 23, 2012: Senator Kelsey praises today’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling protecting citizens’ rights (NASHVILLE, TN), January 23, 2012 — State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) was pleased that today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Jones held that warrantless GPS monitoring of suspects is a violation of […]

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Speaking at an anti-Obamacare event in Nashville Saturday, the Tennessee House speaker pro tem said he hopes this year’s tort reform legislation is only “the first step of several steps.”

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Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia Clark said this week she has met with leadership of the Tennessee General Assembly to discuss matters of the courts, but Clark said she is reluctant to share details of those conversations. Clark has spoken publicly recently about her opposition in general to legislative efforts to make judges run […]

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Tennessee Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark has publicly stated she opposes making Tennessee judges stand for election — and that she’s sharing her views on the matter with legislators. Sen. Mike Bell suggests a judge engaging in closed-door policy advocacy is akin to a politician offering ex parte input on a case under a court’s consideration.

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Press release from the Tennessee Supreme Court; Jan. 4, 2011: Court Also Names Chairman, Vice Chairman The Tennessee Supreme Court has appointed four new members to the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR), the Court-designated body responsible for overseeing the ethical conduct of attorneys. The Court has also named Lela M. Hollabaugh, of Bradley Arant […]

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Press Release from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Sept. 9, 2010: Student Tickets Available for Clarence Thomas’ Lecture U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will visit UT Knoxville next week to lecture to the College of Law community and take in Saturday’s UT-Florida game. The lecture, to take place at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. […]

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A typically stern, austere group of high-court judges made the swearing in of Tennessee’s second female chief justice a girlie, gay affair.

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