Jan. 12, 2007 State Supreme Ct. upholds Knox charter and term limits
The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the charter in September 2006. In court, attorneys for the sheriff, trustee and the county clerk argued the charter and term limits are valid, but the limits should not apply to their jobs.
The Supreme Court's ruling Friday overturns a decision by Chancellor John Weaver in June 2006 when he found charter invalid. At that time Weaver argued, "The charter document has never been registered as required by the state enabling legislation or the Knox County charter itself."
Questions about the charter began in March 2006 after a ruling by the state Supreme Court involving Shelby County. That ruling found term limits constitutional for certain elected officials.