Editorial: Legislators Shirk Duty to State, Judicial Branch

In a scathing editorial, the Knoxville News Sentinel's editorial board blasts lawmakers for failing to renew the Judicial Nominating Commission, which will cease to exist on July 1. According to Tennessee Bar Association Executive Director Allan Ramsaur, there will be no constitutional way to replace a judge or justice who resigns, retires or dies in office after that date. The editorial states that an independent judiciary is vital to the freedom and well being of the state, and accuses legislators of failing to do the state’s business at a basic civic-minded level.