Voters unlikely to reject judicial choices in elections

Voters unlikely to reject judicial choices in elections


NASHVILLE (AP) -- Voters will have a chance to reject Gov. Phil Bredesen's appointments of two Tennessee Supreme Court justices and five appeals court judges, but statistics show the chances are slim.

Since 1994, only one judge has not been retained in the yes-no elections for the state's top judges.

In the case of ousted Supreme Court Justice Penny White, she faced criticism from conservative groups contending she was not supportive of the death penalty.

This year, this is no organized campaign against any of the judges on the ballot, but there's been plenty of criticism in the Legislature of how the judges are selected.

The two Supreme Court justices on the ballot, William C. Koch and Gary R. Wade, both say they support the current process.

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