Tennessee judicial reform ahead?


As problems with the Tennessee judiciary are a regular topic here at Estate of Denial®, this post from Memphis’ The Daily News was noted with interest:

GOP Proposals Take Aim at Tennessee Courts

Republicans in the Tennessee Legislature are taking a close look at the judiciary branch this year, with several proposals expected to be taken up early in the session.

Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey told reporters last week that he plans to get fellow lawmakers to take the first step toward approving a constitutional amendment to resolve legal questions about the way appeals judges are appointed and retained.

Ramsey said he is joined by Gov. Bill Haslam and House Speaker Beth Harwell in opposing the popular election of Supreme Court justices.

Ramsey said he also expects lawmakers will replace a commission that disciplines Tennessee judges to promote greater transparency, though he said he disagrees with a fellow Republican senator’s proposal to strip the courts of the power to throw out state laws.

– The Associated Press

Meanwhile, over at Impeachrandykennedy’s Blog, Danny Tate extends his best wishes to Tennessee state Senator Mae Beaver, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in her pursuit of judicial reform efforts.  In recent years, Tate has been a vocal critic with regard to the Tennessee judicial system and its disciplinary process – criticism inspired by his own experience in Judge Randy Kennedy’s Davidson County probate court.

Interestingly, an action regarding royalties of the late country music star “Gentleman” Jim Reeves is also taking place this week in Kennedy’s court.