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Retention rally draws attention to judges on ballot

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Jul 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Cumberland University played host to a retention rally for Tennessee Supreme Court justices Tuesday.

Organized by the 15th Judicial District Bar Association, the rally featured remarks by District Attorney Tommy Thompson, retired Justice William Koch and current Justice Connie Clark. Each talked about the retention vote’s importance in the Aug. 7 election.

“This is, I think, the most serious question on the ballot this year,” Thompson said. “I’m really glad everybody is here today.”

Every eight years, each justice is placed on the ballot with an option to “retain” or “replace.” Koch said “we live in a great country, in a great state. We’re fortunate, because we are living under a rule of law.

“The rules are made by the legislature, and our job is to interpret those as best we can.”

He likened the job of justices and judges to umpires in that “we call the balls and strikes.”

He explained there are 22 appellate judges on the August ballot.

“Each one of these judges have been under a magnifying glass,” Koch said. “Every one has been qualified to serve.”

Clark said, “The highest court of this state has to be fair and impartial, be sure that we understand the law and apply it to the facts of each case. I take my job and my oath seriously. If each of us does that, we’ll have stable communities.

“I ask you to find the names of the 22 judges and vote for all of us.”

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