One of TN’s most powerful agencies seemingly above legislative oversight

By Chris Butler on March 19, 2014

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Some of the most powerful people in Tennessee’s government may communicate in secret among themselves, don’t have to take an oath of office and have the power to tax a select group of people.
The people who work for this agency, the Board of Professional Responsibility, under the Tennessee [...]

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TN attorneys divided on bill to limit state Supreme Court powers

By Chris Butler on March 14, 2014

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Some attorneys are blasting a proposed piece of legislation in Tennessee’s General Assembly that would take away the state Supreme Court’s administrative powers and give them to the state comptroller’s office.
The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, would also make all Administrative Office of the Courts [...]

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Man back on the streets after death row sentence may play into judicial retention election

By TNWatchdog Staff on March 3, 2014

By Trent Seibert | For Watchdog.org
With the elections for the Tennessee Supreme Court in play this year, one experienced Tennessee political watcher says a case that allowed a convicted killer off death row and back on to the streets may bring voters to the polls.
And after being let off death row, Arthur Copeland had at [...]

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Controversial cases may spark Tennessee Supreme Court shakeup

By TNWatchdog Staff on February 24, 2014

By Trent Seibert | for Tennessee Watchdog
The Tennessee Supreme Court may face its first major shakeup since Reconstruction with three of five sitting justices facing retention in an August vote.
Some controversial decisions made by the judges facing retention will be key, according to one pollster.
“Usually these races are very sleepy,” said Wes Anderson, a GOP [...]

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Special Report: A JURY OF THEIR PEERS

By TNWatchdog Staff on December 23, 2009

The secret world of the Court of the Judiciary and Tennessee’s system of judicial accountability.

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