Panel member: Politics affect decisions on judges

Panel member: Politics affect decisions on judges

Posted: Updated:

By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - A leading conservative member of the commission that evaluates Tennessee's appellate judges says the panel was influenced by partisan politics in deciding whether a judge on the state's highest court was fit to serve.

A records request from The Associated Press included a message from Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission member Chris Clem to Republican leaders in the state Senate. In it, Clem argues that Supreme Court Justice Bill Koch's ties to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and his "Republican credentials" have allowed him to continue to serve.

In an interview, Clem said some commission members were influenced by political pressure to support Koch.

Koch is stepping down from the court to become dean of the Nashville School of Law. He said that decision has nothing to do with partisan maneuvering.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.