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Timeline: The Politics of Justice

A continuing NewsChannel 5 investigation examines the political battle for control of the Tennessee Supreme Court, exposing questionable claims and following the money.

May 5, 2014:
Plan Outlines Attack On Supreme Court Justices
A confidential Republican plan, obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigates, outlines potential lines of attack for a campaign to oust three members of the Tennessee Supreme Court. More >>

May 6, 2014:
Ramsey's Supreme Court Claims Called 'Misleading'
A GOP plan, first obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigates, suggests three Tennessee Supreme Court justices could be targeted in an upcoming campaign with allegations that they let convicted killers go free. More >>

May 7, 2014:
Governor Sees 'Danger' In Ramsey Campaign Against Justices
Gov. Bill Haslam said Wednesday that he sees "danger" in an anticipated Republican attack on three state Supreme Court justices. Still, the governor said he won't ask the man behind that effort to stop. More >>

May 8, 2014:
Ramsey: 'Let People Decide Who's Telling The Truth'
Despite criticism from inside his own party, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told reporters he knows his plan of attack against three Supreme Court justices isn't the whole story. But he said that's not his problem. More >>

May 20, 2014:
Ethics Complaint Filed Against Lieutenant Governor
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey faces an ethics complaint over a plan to target three state Supreme Court justices for defeat. That plan was first revealed by NewsChannel 5 Investigates. More >>

May 23, 2014:
Ramsey Wrong About Claim Of Reprimand Against Chief Justice
It was a serious accusation that Chief Justice Gary Wade was disciplined by the board that polices the ethics of the state's judges. Now, that board says Ron Ramsey's claim just isn't true. More >>

May 27, 2014:
Senator Upset Over Dismissal Of Complaint Against Chief Justice
A top Republican lawmaker is upset about the dismissal of an ethics complaint he filed against the state's top judge, and now he's threatening greater scrutiny of the board that polices Tennessee judges. More >>

May 27, 2014:
Justices Say They're Defending 'Independence' Of Courts
Three state Supreme Court justices say they're in a battle to defend the independence of Tennessee courts. They sat down for an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5 Investigates. More >>

May 29, 2014:
WEB EXTRA: What's Behind Ethics Claim Against Chief Justice?
A Republican lawmaker has accused Tennessee Chief Justice Gary Wade of a serious ethical breach and suggested he should have been disciplined. Here's the story behind that controversy. More >>

June 3, 2014:
Senator Calls Hearing Over His Own Ethics Complaint Against Chief Justice
A powerful state senator is turning up the heat in a campaign to seize Republican control of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Senate Government Operations Chairman Mike Bell announced he will hold hearings into the ethical conduct of one of the judges he'd like to see defeated. More >>

June 16, 2014:
Survey Of Lawyers Finds Vast Support For Justices
A Tennessee Bar Association survey of its lawyer members found nine out of 10 respondents support the retention of three state Supreme Court justices who are on the ballot in August. More >>

June 17, 2014:
Political Strategist Files Ethics Complaints Against Three Justices
A self-described political and media strategist is taking his campaign against three Tennessee Supreme Court justices to a new level, filing ethics complaints against them. More >>

June 19, 2014:
WEB EXTRA: The Truth About Our Supreme Court Video
For the past few weeks, the focus of my reporting on the Tennessee Supreme Court campaign has been on one simple question: are voters being told the truth? Here's how we really got video from inside the Supreme Court chambers. More >>

June 23, 2014:
Supreme Court Opponents Refuse To Identify Source Of Funds
A new group that's trying to help Republicans take control of Tennessee's Supreme Court says it's none of your business where they're getting their money. More >>

June 24, 2014:
Sharp Exchanges Mark Senate Hearing About Chief Justice
There were sharp exchanges Tuesday as senators heard allegations of misconduct against Tennessee top judge. Those accusations come from Republicans who want to see Chief Justice Gary Wade and two other Supreme Court justices voted out in August. More >>

July 10, 2014:
Former Justice Claims Opponents Want To 'Bully The Bench'
The battle for control of the Tennessee Supreme Court has officially begun. For one former state Supreme Court justice, it brings back bitter memories. More >>

July 15, 2014:
Ad Watch: TN Supreme Court Ads Make Questionable Claims
The ad wars have begun in the battle for control of the Tennessee Supreme Court. NewsChannel 5 checked the facts on the first round of advertisements and discovered questions about what both sides are saying. More >>

July 16, 2014:
FOP Announces Support For State Supreme Court Justices
For the first time ever, the Fraternal Order of Police is getting involved in the push to preserve the state's highest court. On Wednesday, the state law enforcement group announced its support for three Tennessee Supreme Court Justices up for a retention vote next month. More >>

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