published Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Hooker denied judge elections injunction

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    John Jay Hooker in court on Monday in his eighth attempt to change the way Tennessee elects appellate judges.
    Photo by The Tennessean /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A state court judge on Monday denied an injunction request filed by attorney John Jay Hooker against the group that nominates appeals judges to the governor.

Circuit Court Judge Hamilton Gayden, who has sided selectively with Hooker in the past and been overruled by a higher court, said that since the state Supreme Court is expected to hear arguments on a Hooker case in July, he has to defer to the high court's judgment.

The setback represents the eighth time Hooker has gone to the courts to change the way Tennesseans elect appellate judges.

"I admire your tenacity and perseverance," Gayden said. But "you're asking me to do things I'm not authorized to do."

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