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Governor Haslam Requests 3 New Nominees For Judgeship Vacancy

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Posted at 5:13 PM, Jun 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:49:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Governor Bill Haslam has asked the state's judicial nominating panel to send him three new attorneys' names for him to consider in filling a vacant Hamilton County Criminal Court judgeship.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Haslam chief legal counsel Dwight Tarwater sent a letter Thursday to Governor's Council for Judicial Appointments Chairwoman Cheryl G. Rice, requesting three additional nominees for the vacancy.

Tarwater had not said if the first group of nominees had been rejected in the search to replace former judge Rebecca Stern, who retired last month after 18 years on the bench.

Haslam spokesman David Smith said Haslam's request for the second panel was part of his thorough process to find the best fit for the position. 

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