Commission To Accept New Applicants For Supreme Court Vacancy

Nashville (AP) -- The state Judicial Selection Commission fell into line with a recent Supreme Court ruling, voting unanimously to send Governor Bredesen a fresh list of finalists for a high court vacancy.

Bredesen rejected a list of three finalists when the only minority candidate withdrew, citing family responsibilities. The vacancy to be filled involves the retirement of the court's only black justice.

The commission then resubmitted the names of J. Houston Gordon and George "Buck" Lewis, along with another finalist.

The court ruled Gordon and Lewis weren't eligible for the second list.

Wednesday, the commission started over, saying accepting new applications is the best way to get the best applicants before the governor.

The deadline for new applicants is March 16th. Public hearings are scheduled for April 13th.

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