Seven in running for Criminal Appeals' Bivins vacancy

Four circuit court judges in the mix

The Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments will interview seven applicants next week to select nominees for the Court of Criminal Appeals vacancy that will be created when Jeff Bivins moves on to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The commission will host a public meeting at Legislative Plaza starting at 8 a.m. on June 10. The body expects to make its selections immediately following the interviews and will send its choices to Gov. Bill Haslam.

The applicants are:

• Leslie Collum,
 assistant district attorney in 
Rutherford County

• Timothy Easter, 
Circuit Court judge serving Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson counties

• Robert Holloway Jr., 
Circuit Court judge serving Giles, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties

• Roger Nell, 
District Public Defender for
Montgomery County

• Larry Stanley Jr., 
Circuit Judge and Chancellor for Van Buren and Warren counties

• Russell Fletcher Thomas, 
a Nashville criminal and DUI attorney and former prosecutor

• Larry Wallace, 
Circuit Court judge for Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart counties