TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Allan Ramsaur on May 8, 2014

Former Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice William “Mickey” Barker says an effort by some Republicans to unseat three incumbent Democratic justices in August elections is nothing less than “an attack on the entire judicial system.” The Signal Mountain Republican, who served nearly seven years on the state’s highest court, called the effort led by Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, R-Blountville, a “frightening” attempt to turn the judicial branch into another “partisan branch of government.” “We have three branches of government,” Barker said in an interview. “Each are to be co-equal and each are to be separate. Two of those branches are political branches  —  the legislative and the executive. And the judicial branch is nonpolitical.” Barker said he is “very disappointed that our present legislative branch is apparently seeking to dominate all three branches. We’ve never had that in my lifetime in Tennessee, and it would be a real shame to see that occur.” The Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.