Haslam Surprised So Few Applied for Top Court Post

Gov. Bill Haslam says he was surprised there were only five people to apply for the Tennessee Supreme Court seat being vacated by retiring Justice Janice Holden. Speaking to reporters, Haslam said he had no explanation for the small number of candidates. TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur offered one theory. He told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that people may have been discouraged from applying by uncertainty surrounding the future of the judicial selection system. Voters next year will approve or reject a constitutional amendment to change the current merit-based selection process to one where the governor nominates appellate court judges and the legislature votes on confirmation.