TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Oct 7, 2014

Newspapers across the state are looking at arguments for and against Amendment 2, with some offering clear endorsements. A piece in the Johnson City Press quotes attorney Steve Darden, who co-chairs a local task force supporting the issue. He argues that the amendment will bolster the current way appellate judges are appointed while maintaining the integrity of a qualified bench. An editorial from Knoxnews argues voters should support Amendment 2 to settle the question of how appellate judges are appointed and close once and for all the possibility of partisan elections. The piece also maintains that the amendment's provision requiring legislative approval provides an important check on gubernatorial power. Finally, a piece in the Memphis Daily News quotes attorney Lang Wiseman, who believes if Amendment 2 fails, the state is headed to full-out contested elections for appellate positions. “That’s not a threat. That’s a promise,” he tells the paper.