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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 9, 2014

At last week’s Republican Statesmen’s Dinner, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told the group why he feels strongly about defeating three Tennessee Supreme Court justices. According to Nashville Scene political reporter Steven Hale, Ramsey said that the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for him was the case of Leonard Smith, who was convicted of killing two individuals in northeast Tennessee, both of whom Ramsey referred to as friends. For various reasons, the court intervened in the case, once due to prosecutorial misconduct, a second time for an improper jury instruction and a third time after finding that Smith had ineffective counsel. But Hale says Ramsey gets his facts “mixed up,” omits “salient details” and "embellish[es]" Smith's crimes “to paint an incomplete summary of the case.”