I think he means there will be a special election to fill the senate seat being vacated.
You can't strictly go by time on bench. Getting 100% yield on court time is not realistic. They schedule trials months in advance. Trials get moved and there are large numbers of parties involved. Multiweek trials will be going 9-5 and during that time there is other work to be done. The actual length is also unpredictable.
Also, the shorter stuff when they finish up early is usually the most critical to get scheduled to move litigation along. Judges will fill in those holes with time sensitive family law matters as well.
I agree with the term limits and the salary is a bit high.
As to unfairness. If you don't show up to court be prepared for a ruling that isn't exactly in your favor. 2 weeks is plenty of time to get a lawyer, that's a slow time of year also.
Mb not Caywood or Rice, but someone with a law degree.
Look you're right, it's like a John Grisham novel more combined with Dilbert, though. You never know what's going to happen in a Memphis courtroom.
That being said I've never seen anything I'd ascribe to corruption aside from maybe in a good old boy type sense.
Take a look at the above article. Keep in mind in Tennessee ethics rule 3.6 forbids lawyers from trying their cases in newspapers. It has some loopholes, but it looks like every single lawyer in the above article violated it except for Judge Fields.
One of them who had formerly represented his client made statements adverse to her interest disclosing his communications with her. Seriously, they are suppose to disbar you for that I believe.
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