A specially-appointed Tennessee Supreme Court has denied a challenge to the state’s selection process for judges. It’s yet another failed lawsuit filed by activist attorney John Jay Hooker.
In this instance, the sitting court recused itself since it has an inherent conflict of interest in how judges are chosen. Five attorneys were appointed as a “special Supreme Court.” But they didn’t buy Hooker’s argument that the state constitution mandates direct elections. Appellate judges are currently appointed by the governor and only sit for retention elections.
The 83-year-old says the ballgame isn’t over.
“I’m not singing the blues. I’m still alive, still on base and going to have another day.”
The special panel did leave an opening for Hooker to try again, and he says he will.