Judicial Campaign Code of Conduct Committee

As a public service, the Tennessee Bar Association works to help assure that judicial elections are conducted in a manner that will maintain confidence in our judiciary.

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Judge’s Campaign Signs Stolen, Vandalized

On the eve of early voting in local judicial elections, a Shelby County judge says her campaign signs are being targeted. Thursday morning, 30th District Circuit Court Judge Valerie Smith said she discovered several of her campaign signs in locations all over town had been vandalized. Smith’s home surveillance cameras also captured two men stealing signs from her East Memphis home and the homes of several neighbors shortly after midnight Thursday. “As a judge or a judicial candidate, I would certainly hope that someone would be above that, but obviously someone has been targeting my signs,” Smith told WREG-TV.

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Justice Ginsburg Faces Criticism for Trump Remarks

In interviews with the New York Times and CNN this week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said “I can’t imagine what this place would be – I can’t imagine what the country would be – with Donald Trump as our president,” and that Trump “is a faker” and “he has no consistency about him." The comments have raised questions about the appropriateness of a justice commenting on a political candidate, with Trump even calling for her resignation. The ABA Journal looks at the legal ramifications, if any, of her comments.

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