Moncier Challenges Governor’s Judicial Selection Order

Knoxville lawyer Herbert S. Moncier filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing Gov. Bill Haslam and state elections chief Mark Goins of violating his constitutional rights, Knoxnews reports. He claims that by creating a new commission to appoint appellate judges in the absence of a legislatively constituted body, the state has infringed on his rights under the first and 14th amendments. Moncier says he wants to run next year to replace Judge Joseph Tipton, who is retiring from the Court of Criminal Appeals.