Lawyers fight effort to oust Tenn. Supreme Court justices

Lawyers fight effort to oust Tenn. Supreme Court justices

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lawyers are fighting back against an effort by conservatives to oust three sitting justices on the state's highest court.

Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville has been circulating a document that takes aim at Supreme Court Justices Cornelia Clark, Gary Wade and Sharon Lee. All three were appointed by former Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, and all three are up for election on Aug. 7.

The Tennessean reports that the Nashville Bar Association sent a resolution to members this week urging them to vote to keep the justices. In addition, the Tennessee Bar Association is asking members for the first time to rate the justices in a poll.

Those efforts follow a May 14 event at which some prominent Nashville attorneys raised $100,000 for the three.

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