New Judicial Ethics Rules Praised as Model for Nation

The Tennessee Supreme Court's decision to strengthen the state's judicial recusal rules is being praised in editorials close to home and nationally. In a statement issued today, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said, "The Tennessee Supreme Court should be applauded for taking this important step forward. Tennessee's new, forward-looking rules will help ensure public faith in the court system, and provide a model for the rest of the nation to follow." Added Maria De Silva, research associate for the Brennan Center, "As spending on high court elections continues to skyrocket, judges and litigants need a clear way to address recusal questions related to campaign contributions. Tennessee's new disqualification rules are a step in the right direction that will help shore up public confidence in the judiciary." Read more in Gavel Grab.