JOHN JAY HOOKER, on behalf of himself and others, v. GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM, et al. - Articles

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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on Jul 27, 2012

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

John Jay Hooker, pro se.

Attorneys 2: Robert E. Cooper, Jr., Attorney General and Reporter, William E. Young, Solicitor General, and Janet M. Kleinfelter, Deputy Attorney General, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees.

Judge(s): FRANKS

Plaintiff filed this action in Circuit Court challenging the constitutionality of the Tennessee Retention Election Statutes, Tenn Code Ann. §§ 17-4-1010 et seq. The Trial Judge held the statutes were constitutional, but concluded that intermediate appellate judges are subject to retention election only by the qualified voters of the grand division in which the judge resides. Plaintiff appealed. We affirm the Trial Court’s decision that the statutes are constitutional, but reverse the Trial Court’s holding that intermediate appellate judges are subject to retention only by the qualified voters of the grand division in which the judge resides.

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