Inside the Hooker v. Haslam decision

On de facto validity and grand division allotments: How the Special Supreme Court upheld the Tennessee Plan
Mar 18, 2014 2:34 PM

Court rules for governor in Hooker v. Haslam

A special Supreme Court ruled that the state's method of judge appointment and retention does not violate the state constitution.

A five-member Special Supreme Court convened solely to hear a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the way appellate judges are initially chosen and later stand for reelection to office ruled today that the current retention election system for choosing appellate judges does not violate the state’s Constitution.

The Court also held that the issue raised in the lawsuit regarding how appellate judges are initially selected could not be decided as part of this proceeding, because the statutory authority for that initial judicial selection process – the Judicial Nominating Commission – expired in June 2013. Since the Judicial Nominating Commission is no longer the law of this state, there is no longer a real, live issue for the Court to decide.

Mar 17, 2014 5:29 PM

Commission sends Haslam trio of names for Supreme Court opening

Criminal Appeals judge, Gullett partner among finalists
Mar 6, 2014 7:05 AM

Criminal Appeals judge leads quintet of Supreme Court applicants

Former Metro ECD director, Gullett member also file to fill Koch spot
Feb 24, 2014 7:05 AM

Elect AG push done for year, Beavers says

Sen. Mae Beavers' push to let voters elect the attorney general ended for the year Wednesday when it failed by two votes on the Senate floor. The measure fell 15-14 with one voting present. Three other members who were in attendance but chose not to vote were Republicans Sens. Janice Bowling and Todd Gardenhire and leading Democrat Jim Kyle.

Members last year voted 22-0 to require the attorney general be selected by a joint convention of the General Assembly. Any change requires an edit to the constitution and would take years to accomplish if successful. The AG is now appointed by the Supreme Court. Some video of the debate is here.

Attorney General Bob Cooper for years has caught heat from the Republican legislature for various opinions he has issued and decisions he has made not to join lawsuits against the federal government. Beavers, who often led that criticism, told reporters after the vote she will not try her luck again this year.

Feb 5, 2014 12:11 PM

Confusion in the courts

The Dean on how the plot continues to thicken in the judicial selection debate amid last week’s court ruling the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is invalid.

Jan 21, 2014 10:29 AM

Bredesen, Slatery ask biz community to support appellate judge selection amendment

Governor's counsel lobbies on 'most serious judicial issue in my lifetime'
Jan 15, 2014 1:04 PM

Another Supreme Court justice prepares to step down

2007 Bredesen appointee will replace Loser as NSL dean in July
Dec 19, 2013 2:32 PM

State Supreme Court to lose second justice

Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch, Jr. reportedly told the governor today he'll retire in July to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. Justice Janice Holder also plans an exit next year. From the Inbox:

“My service on the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court has been rewarding and meaningful, and I was looking forward to the opportunity to serve as Chief Justice next fall,” Justice Koch added. “However, when the Board of Trustees approached me about succeeding Dean Joe C. Loser, Jr., I realized that I could make no better use of my time and energies than becoming involved in the professional development of the women and men who desire to provide their fellow Tennesseans with excellent and affordable legal representation.”

Dec 19, 2013 2:13 PM

Appeals judge to succeed Holder at Supreme Court

Columbia Central High grad spent dozen years at Burch Porter & Johnson before bench appointment
Dec 18, 2013 5:53 AM