Tennessee's method of selecting Appellate Court Judges has been held up as a model for the whole nation. Our balance of Executive and legislative involvement along with guarantees of judicial independence has produced a remarkably respected system. The current effort to change our judicial selection/retention process is a naked attempt to destroy the independence of the Judiciary and to leave us all at the mercy of powerful special interests.
While proponents of changing our system claim they are promoting democracy, the history of many other states demonstrates that such changes promote cronyism and a judiciary that is too often bought by powerful people and corporations. In this era of unregulated corporate and anonymous campaign contributions our independent judiciary is the last bastion of justice and fairness for the less powerful.
The Founding Fathers enshrined in our nation's constitution the steadfast belief that an independent judiciary was a necessary check and balance on the other branches of government which are far more susceptible to corruption, influence and popular whim. Our system preserves this vital principle. I urge every Tennessean who believes in justice to reject misguided efforts such as this one. Our freedoms are at stake.