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.
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Some state senators held their noses and voted Thursday for a constitutional amendment regarding how judges are chosen in Tennessee. The measure largely keeps the current system in tact with appointments by the governor and retention elections every eight years.
Monday night the state Senate signed off on a proposal for selecting judges that would let them grill the nominees live, just like the U.S. Senate does in Washington. The change requires a constitutional amendment.
Two very different ways of appointing state judges flew out of a state Senate Committee Tuesday and were immediately scheduled for a floor vote on Wednesday.
A bill to directly elect Supreme Court justices in Tennessee has been delayed, but the lawmaker behind the push says it’s not dead. The Republican-led legislation conflicts with a proposal from Governor Bill Haslam, who wants to write the current judicial appointment process into the state constitution.
Critics of the way Tennessee names its Supreme Court justices and appellate judges are waving a caution flag Wednesday. Governor Bill Haslam proposed making the much-debated judicial selection process more permanent by writing it into the state constitution.
State lawmakers passed a compromise measure today to tweak and temporarily extend the state’s process for selecting judges, which had been set to phase out at the end of June.
Republicans are working to cobble together a compromise that satisfies two differing philosophies on how to select judges in Tennessee.
Bills that would extend the current method of selecting judges – with a new cast of characters in the nominating commission – continued through the state legislative committee system Tuesday.
Tennesseans could be asked to vote on how to choose judges, under a plan proposed yesterday by state Senator Mark Norris of Memphis.