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Friday, July 27, 2012

I'll pick them for you.

The governor has appointed a special supreme court to hear The case of John J Hooker vs Bill Haslam (regarding the governors appointment of judges rather then electing them).

Is it just me or does any one else think its funny that the person named  in the suit gets to pick the special judges to hear the case?

3 comments:

  1. Senator Campfield: As a child, you obviously did not watch enough episodes of the Twilight Zone.

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  2. I don't know how much practical difference it makes who picks them, but the current system is plainly unconstitutional.

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  3. I guess maybe they will get up and read a "I have a direct conflict of interest but this will not affect my decision" statement and then proceed to rule in the King's favor. That's how the government employees on the local county commission do it to vote themselves benefits and tax increases on the debt-slaves.

    I would really like to hear the elected-means-selected crowd explain the change from our 1835 state constitution which read in
    Article 6, Section 3:

    "The General Assembly shall, by joint vote of both Houses, appoint Judges of the several Courts of law and equity; but courts may be established to be holden by Justices of the Peace. Judges of the Supreme Court shall be thirty-five years of age, and shall be elected for the term of twelve years.

    to the current 1870 language:

    "The Judges of the Supreme Court shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State.The Legislature shall have power to prescribe such rules as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of section two of this article. Every Judge of the Supreme Court shall be thirty-five years of age, and shall before his election have been a resident of the State for five years. His term of service shall be eight years."

    If it didn't mean elected by the qualified voters and instead hand-picked by the legislature (like it previously said in 1835), why did we change it?

    I maintain that if the judges really believe the rule of the constitution as a governing document, they would never accept the illegally "selected" positions - or would step down once they are aware of this (as if somehow they don't know). THAT judge would get my support.

    I have another question...if the judges find that our judges, legislature and governors have been operating in violation of the constitution the last 40 years (and we know they have), when will the impeachment proceedings begin?

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