TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jun 25, 2014

Tennessean columnist Frank Daniels III takes a critical look at the politics involved in yesterday's Senate ad hoc committee hearing led by Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville. The committee spent four hours analyzing who "leaked" information from the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) to Chief Justice Gary Wade and whether Wade then violated ethics rules by making comments about the preliminary report. Near the end of the hearing, Sen. Jim Kyle, D-Memphis -- visibly frustrated with his fellow senators -- erupted with a sports metaphor, Daniels reports.  "With all due respect, you are just arguing the call," he barked. The board followed the rules, followed the process the legislature established, and made the decision that it could not discipline the chief justice for his actions, Kyle pointed out to the committee. "You think the ball was out-of-bounds, and they said it was in-bounds."