Commentary: Avert 'Takeover' of Tennessee Judicial Ethics Body

A flurry of news media commentary suggests ways to preserve the valuable work of Tennessee’s judicial discipline commission, while possibly adopting reforms far short of a political takeover by the legislative branch. Tea Party conservatives are pushing for Tennessee legislators to grab control over naming members of the Court of the Judiciary, and the 16-member commission drew […]

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Tennessee Legislators Set Sights on Judicial Ethics Body

As Tea Party conservatives push for Tennessee legislators to grab control over naming members of a judicial discipline commission, they are drawing on serial litigant John Jay Hooker’s testimony and disgruntled parties’ criticisms of judges as “god-like” and elite. Hooker was fined in 2007 and had his law license suspended for filing frivolous lawsuits. His license is […]

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Lawmakers Bid to Reshape Tennessee Judicial Ethics Body

Social conservatives and fair courts advocates are poised to spar in Tennessee’s legislature over a conservative bid to grab control over the state’s Court of the Judiciary. The Court of the Judiciary considers misconduct complaints against judges and determines whether sanctions are appropriate. With conservative legislators seeking to strip Tennessee’s Supreme Court of the power to appoint […]

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Wednesday Media Summary

KAGAN COMMENTARY AP: As Marshall clerk, Kagan was wary of conservatives MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO – 5/25/2010 NOMINATION/POLITICS Washington Post: Senators will have less background on Kagan to help make Supreme Court decision Robert Barnes – 5/26/2010 USA Today/The Oval: Kagan campaign for Supreme Court: Both sides step it up Kathy Kiely – 5/25/2010 […]

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