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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 25, 2014

A Republican-led Senate investigation stalled Tuesday on whether Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Gary Wade improperly interfered with an independent panel's evaluations of other judges, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. After an ad hoc panel discussion, officials concluded that no laws were broken and no judicial rules were violated when Wade found out, from a leak, about Performance Evaluation Commission members' initial negative evaluations of three Court of Appeals judges up for reelection in August. The officials also told the panel that Wade’s comments voicing concern about the negative evaluation publicity and defending the judges’ professional performance did not constitute an election endorsement.