Former Supreme Court Justices Take Issue with Attack Ad

Former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William Koch Jr., who earlier served as legal counsel to Republican Gov. Lamar Alexander, denounced a new TV attack ad that began running against three incumbent justices this weekend, the Tennessean reports. “I have served with these three judges. While we have not agreed on every issue, they have done their work professionally and competently. The smear tactics being used by the special interest groups to attack three of my former colleagues wrongly undermines Tennesseans’ confidence in their state courts,” he said. In addition, retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Mickey Barker appears in a new ad released today by the justices' campaign, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. “Although I’m a Republican,” Barker says, “politics has no place in our courts.”