20 Tennessee Court of Appeals Applicants Include 8 Minority Candidates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Twenty people met the application deadline today to fill a vacancy on the state's Court of Appeals.

The Judicial Selection Commission will interview the applicants before presenting the governor with a panel of three candidates to choose from.

Governor Bredesen has criticized the commission for not choosing enough quality minority candidates.

Courts spokeswoman Sue Allison said the current pool of applicants includes at least eight minority candidates.

The vacancy on the middle section of the Court of Appeals was caused by the death of Judge William Bryan Cain last month.

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