Special Supreme Court to Hear Judicial Selection Suit July 19

A special Tennessee Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the case of Hooker et al. vs. Haslam et al. for July 19 at 1 p.m. in the Nashville Supreme Court Courtroom. Each side will have one hour for arguments, including any rebuttal. The suit, which challenges the constitutionality of an appellate court appointment by the governor, will be heard by a special Supreme Court since all sitting justices recused themselves from the case. The special court consists of Andree S. Blumstein, J. Robert Carter Jr., James R. Dedrick, W. Morris Kizer and Monica N. Wharton. The final panel was set after three of the governor’s initial appointees -- William M. Barker, George H. Brown Jr. and Robert L. Echols -- asked to be recused when John Jay Hooker questioned their impartiality.