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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 10, 2013

Nashville attorney John Jay Hooker has asked a Nashville court to halt the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission’s review of judges, arguing that the gender makeup of the panel violates a state law requiring equal representation of women. Hooker and two other opponents of the review system, Walter Brumit and Anthony Gottlieb, argue that state law requires the commission to represent the “approximate the population of the state with respect to race and gender.” They point out that the current panel of nine includes just two women and thus does not represent the state’s population. They have asked the circuit court to prohibit commission meetings and discussions until the gender imbalance is rectified, The Tennessean reports.