TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Mar 9, 2021

A resolution to remove Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle from the bench has failed in a Tennessee House subcommittee, the Tennessean reports. After more than an hour of debate in the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, House Resolution 23 (HR23) failed on a voice vote. The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Tim Rudd, R-Murfreesboro, who said he filed the bill in response to Lyle’s ruling to expand absentee voting in the state—a move he called judicial overreach. The TBA issued a statement in opposition of HR23 last week. “We’ve heard from TBA members from all political persuasions and views expressing concern about the impact this resolution would have on the concepts of separation of powers and a fair and impartial judiciary,” TBA President Michelle Greenway Sellers said of today’s vote. “We were pleased that the subcommittee arrived at the conclusion it did.”