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

More new judges!

The governor has appointed replacement judges for the special Supreme Court. Three of the previous judges stepped back from the panel late last month after they were linked to a group that backs the Tennessee Plan.

The new special appointees join two previous appointees to make up a group of highly qualified and diverse legal minds representing the three grand divisions of the state.  The governor’s new appointees are:

J. Robert Carter, Jr. is a criminal court judge in Shelby County, elected Judge of Division III in August 2010 after serving as an assistant district attorney general for 26 years before his election. Carter graduated magna cum laude from Christian Brothers College with bachelor’s degrees in English and Humanities. He received his J.D. from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law.

James R. Dedrick retired in 2010 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he had served since 1993 as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. He began his career with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1983 and was a federal prosecutor for drug, corruption, white collar, tax and other felony investigations and trials. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from East Tennessee State University and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law with honors.

Monica N. Wharton serves as the chief legal counsel for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, overseeing the risk management and legal affairs department since 2008. Wharton previously worked at the law firm, Glankler Brown PLLC, practicing in the circuit, chancery and federal court systems. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University, graduating with honors, and she earned her J.D. from William & Mary School of Law.

Sep 21, 2012 12:36 PM
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Two steps forward, three steps back

Special Justices William Barker, George Brown and Robert Echols have stepped away from the five-member Special Supreme Court to which Gov. Haslam appointed them five weeks ago. John Jay Hooker had filed a motion to disqualify the trio earlier this month. Check a PDF of today's order here.

SEE ALSO: Special Supreme Court judges linked to pro-Tennessee Plan group

Aug 31, 2012 1:30 PM
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Hooker fights for law license

John Jay Hooker holds court in court to keep law license
Oct 9, 2008 11:10 AM

Supreme Court agency rejects Hooker decision

BPR seeks Chancery intervention, asserts disciplinary panel has 'abused its discretion'
Feb 7, 2008 3:48 PM

Hooker demands Bredesen role as he fights punishment

Both Hooker and the Supreme Court's BPR are headed to court over sanctions against the would-be reformer
Jan 29, 2008 10:44 AM

Nashville now and then: Southern-fried shenanigans

The beginning of the end at Minnie Pearl's, Fritz Ingram's friends in high places, and an evocative remembrance of steamboat days
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Jan 18, 2008 10:22 AM

Lambs lining up for U.S. Senate

Democrats wanting to elect a Senator have few options
Jan 15, 2008 11:13 AM
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Kurtz retiring

Davidson County Circuit Court Judge Walter Kurtz is leaving the bench; two prime Nashville judicial slots now up for grabs UPDATED 1:07 p.m. -- Statement issued from AOC
Jan 14, 2008 1:01 PM

Panel prescribes sanction against John Jay Hooker

Appeal likely as perennial candidate and litigious legend plots next move
Dec 17, 2007 2:51 PM