TN lawmakers warn judges to change their ways

The commissions that nominate, evaluate and discipline Tennessee’s judges were all scrutinized at a legislative hearing Tuesday that set the stage for an expected fight next year over the future of the state’s judiciary.

Lawmakers from both parties warned Court of the Judiciary officials that if they don’t change their processes, the General Assembly will do it for them.

The hearing featured testimony from several people who complained of mistreatment by Tennessee judges. Dennis Schuelke of Hendersonville said he turned to the judicial system for help after getting caught up in a Ponzi scheme, but only encountered more corruption. Schuelke — who took out a prominent billboard along Interstate 40 in Nashville for his book,Attorneys Above the Law — said his attempts to file complaints were nothing “but a waste of paper and time” and that the system is a “total failure.”

“Judges, you better get your house in order because we’re going to do it for you if you can’t,” Rep. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, warned after listening to testimony from disgruntled litigants across the state.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111116/NEWS03/311150066/TN-lawmakers-warn-judges-change-their-ways?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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