Three TN appellate judges apply for state Supreme Court vacancy

Tennessee Supreme Court
Tennessee Supreme Court

NASHVILLE -- Three state appellate judges are among the nine attorneys applying for the Tennessee Supreme Court vacancy left by former Chief Justice Gary Wade's departure.

Tennessee Court of Appeals, Eastern Section Judge Thomas Radcliff Frierson II of Morristown, Tennessee Criminal of Appeals, Eastern Section Robert H. Montgomery of Kingsport and Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals, Western Section Judge Roger Amos Page, are among the group applying for the state Supreme Court vacancy.

Other applicants to be considered by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Council for Judicial Applicants include Herbert S. Moncier, a Knoxville attorney whose ability to practice in federal court was once suspended for five years. That came after a U.S. District judge after Moncier refused the judge's order to remain silent while the judge questioned a Moncier client, according to a Knoxville News Sentinel article.

In his application, Moncier also noted the Tennessee Supreme Court suspended in 2010 for thirty days and put him on a year's probation for his conduct in the 2007 federal criminal trial.

The governor's council will meet Oct. 27 to select a list of three nominees to forward to Haslam.

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Others applying, along with their hometowns, are:

* Matthew P. Cavitch of Eads

* Mark A. Fulks of Johnson City

* Ted M. Hayden of Gallatin

* Robert David Meyers of Memphis

* Larry Scroggs of Germantown

The meeting will include a public hearing at 9 a.m. CDT during which anyone may express their opinions in opposition to the applicants. The interview and public hearing is open to the public.

The Council is expected to make their selections immediately following the interviews and forward the names to Haslam for his consideration.

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