TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Aug 31, 2012

Three of the five justices appointed to a Special Supreme Court have stepped down from the body, following a motion filed by John Jay Hooker questioning their impartiality. William M. Barker, George H. Brown Jr. and Robert L. Echols filed the order of recusal today, the Nashville Post reports. Gov. Bill Haslam appointed the trio, along with Special Justice Andree S. Blumstein and Special Justice W. Morris Kizer, to hear an appeal of Hooker’s suit challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee’s method of selecting and retaining appellate court judges. All five members of the Tennessee Supreme Court had earlier recused themselves from hearing the case.