TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Aug 15, 2014

The three recently re-elected sitting justices on the Tennessee Supreme Court may follow up their retention vote by Tennesseans last week by standing behind state Attorney General Bob Cooper, who is seeking another eight-year term, according to Tracey George a professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University Law School. George admits, however, that it’s tough to say given the nature (and novelty) of the retention vote, where vast sums of money were spent, including more than $1 million combined among the three Democratic-appointed justices, and Republican opposition zeroed in on their nomination of Cooper, a Democrat. “The justices could rightly view the retention in the face of such strong opposition as a sign of support,” George said. “Based on my intuition, it will not effect what the Supreme Court does. They won’t face retention for several years and I’d be surprised if they do not reappoint [Cooper].” The Nashville Business Journal has more.