Tennessee Supreme Court

Press release from the Tennessee Courts System; July 3, 2012: Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s decision and reinstated a Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility (TBPR) hearing panel’s ruling suspending a Knoxville attorney due to misconduct. While working at the Knoxville law firm of Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, William […]

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Press Release from the Supreme Court of Tennessee; June 7, 2012:  Nashville, Tenn. – In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that the statute of limitations on a workers’ compensation claim does not begin to run until an employee discovers or, in the exercise of reasonable diligence, should have discovered that he has […]

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Press release from the Senate Republican Caucus; April 4, 2012: (NASHVILLE, TN), April 4, 2012 — Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee gave approval to a major constitutional amendment resolution sponsored by State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to appoint state appellate judges in a manner similar to the federal model. U.S. Supreme Court justices, Courts […]

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Press release from the Senate Republican Caucus; April 4, 2012: (NASHVILLE, TN), April 4, 2012 — Legislation sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) that would allow Tennessee’s Governor to appoint the State Attorney General was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Tennessee is the only state in the nation […]

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Press Release from the Tennessee Bar Association, Feb. 24, 2011: New disqualification and recusal standards, procedure urged NASHVILLE, Feb. 25, 2011 — New stricter standards and procedures for determining disqualification and recusal of judges, changes in restrictions on campaign activities by judges, and a new prohibition on judges presiding over cases in which they participate […]

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Cornelia Clark likens popular elections for judges to voting for sports referees and umpires. She acknowledged though that she’s participated herself in politics by donating to political campaigns.

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Among the ideas under consideration are popular election of the attorney general by the state’s citizenry or an appointment by the Legislature or the governor. Also suggested is a shifting of lawsuit-filing power to a solicitor general either elected by voters or hand-picked by lawmakers or the governor.

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Gov. Phil Bredesen said he stands by Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol despite the Tennessee Supreme Court delaying four executions while lower courts determine the constitutionality of an extra step recently added to the procedure. He says he respects the high court’s decision to allow trial courts 90 days to test whether a new step added […]

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Press Release from Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, Aug. 9, 2010: NASHVILLE – Justice Cornelia A. Clark will become the second woman in the state’s history to serve as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court when she is sworn into office at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1 at the historic courthouse in Franklin, […]

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