Haslam Appoints 3 More to Special Supreme Court

Gov. Bill Haslam today appointed three new attorneys to the Special Supreme Court to hear a case from which all five Tennessee Supreme Court justices have recused themselves. The new appointees are Shelby County Criminal Court Judge J. Robert Carter Jr.; James R. Dedrick, who retired in 2010 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee; and Monica N. Wharton, chief legal counsel for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. They join Andrée Sophia Blumstein and W. Morris Kizer on the court, which will decide any appeal of Hooker et al. v. Haslam et al., a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Court of Criminal Appeals appointment by the governor. The Chattanoogan has more