Hooker Seeks to Disqualify 3 from Special Court

Nashville lawyer John Jay Hooker filed a motion this week in Davidson County Circuit Court asking Gov. Bill Haslam to disqualify three individuals appointed to a special Supreme Court. The special court was called to hear Hooker’s challenge to the way appellate judges are chosen. Haslam appointed the panel after all of the current justices recused themselves. Hooker asked Haslam to reverse his appointment of former Supreme Court justices William M. Barker and George H. Brown Jr., and former federal judge Robert L. Echols. Hooker contends that as former judges “their impartiality might be reasonably questioned.” The Tennessean reports