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Judge Denies Challenge To Selection Of Appellate Judges

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Metropolitan judge has denied a challenge to Tennessee's method of selecting appellate judges.

On Monday, John Jay Hooker, Jr. asked a judge to stop the Judicial Nominating Commission from selecting nominees to fill three positions that will be vacant next year. The commission sends three nominees to the governor, who then selects one.

Hooker claims the so-called "Tennessee Plan" is unconstitutional, and the judges should be elected. He said he may appeal this decision.

"But I'm not saying at this point that I will. The whole ball of wax is on the table on the 19th of July, so I may just wait and take my best shot then" said Hooker.

Hooker gets a full hearing on the legality of the Tennessee plan before a panel of especially appointed Supreme Court Justices in July.

Many of the justices on the Tennessee Supreme Court have recused themselves from the case.

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