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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 2, 2014

Michael Loftin, former editorial page editor of the Chattanooga Times, writes in the Times Free Press that efforts to paint three Tennessee Supreme Court justices standing for retention election as “soft on crime” requires “cherry-picking” court votes. Because of that, he says, “It is hard to say which is more contemptible: the slurring of the justices' reputations in an attempt to get three politically obedient appointees to the court, or the sacrifice of Tennessee's highest court on the altar of political expediency.” He concludes by urging Tennesseans to retain the three justices and thus “provide vital support for Tennessee's legal system and, equally important, an independent judiciary.”