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Three Nominated for Court of Criminal Appeals Vacancy

News release from Administrative Office of the Courts:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Judicial Nominating Commission met in Jackson today to interview the eight applicants for the vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals created by the death of Judge J.C. McLin.
After holding a public hearing and an interview for each applicant, the Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended the following three candidates to Governor Bill Haslam:
J. Robert Carter, Jr. (Bobby)
Criminal Court Judge
30th Judicial District
Memphis, Tenn.
J. Ross Dyer
Senior Counsel & Managing Attorney for the Memphis Office
Office of the Tennessee Attorney General
Memphis, Tenn.
Roger A. Page
Circuit Court Judge
26th Judicial District
Medina, Tenn.
The governor may now appoint one of these candidates or request a new slate of candidates from the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Eight Apply for Court of Criminal Appeals Vacancy

Nashville, Tenn. – Eight West Tennessee attorneys have applied to fill the judicial vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals created by the death of Judge J.C. McLin.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will hold a public meeting on Monday, October 24, to interview the following candidates:

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Court of Criminal Appeals Judge McLin Dies, Aged 64

News release from Administrative Office of the Courts
Nashville, Tenn. – Court of Criminal Appeals Judge J.C. McLin of
Memphis, Tenn., died early Saturday morning after losing his battle with
pancreatic cancer. He was 64.
McLin was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2004, making him
the second African American to ever hold a seat on that bench. From 2000
to 2004, McLin served as a Shelby County criminal court judge.
Prior to taking the bench, McLin worked in private practice for nine
years and served as an assistant district attorney in Shelby County for
15 years. He also worked at Memphis Area Legal Services for a year.
McLin earned his bachelor’s degree at Lane College, his Master of
Education at University of Tennessee at Martin and his law degree at the
University of Tennessee.
“J.C. was the nicest, kindest gentleman I have known,” said Judge Joseph
M. Tipton, presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals. “I will
dearly miss his even-handed and wise resolution of the work of the
court. He was a joy to work with, and the justice system has lost a
valuable servant of the people.”
“As required by the Book of Micah, Judge J.C. McLin at all times acted
justly, loved mercy, and walked humbly with our God,” said Supreme Court
Justice Gary R. Wade, who was presiding judge on the Court of Criminal
Appeals during McLin’s tenure. “This good man devoted his life to his
Lord and Savior, his precious family, and his honored profession. I and
so many others will sorely miss our dear friend and colleague, but the
greater loss is to his community, the state, and the criminal justice
system.”
“Our judicial family is deeply saddened by the loss of Judge McLin,”
said Supreme Court Chief Justice Cornelia A. Clark. “He was a kind man,
dedicated jurist and dear friend. He served the Court with great
integrity and dignity and we will miss him dearly.”
The Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation has established a
scholarship in honor of Judge McLin. Contributions may be made to the
Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation Judge J.C. McLin Memorial Fund
and sent to Suzanne Keith at 1903 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203.
McLin is survived by his wife, Mollie; his three children, Monette,
Jason and Thebe; his mother, Louise McLin; and his two older sisters,
Shirley Drake and Patsy Smith.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 9, at from 7:00 to
8:00 p.m. at New Salem Church at 2237 South Parkway in Memphis, Tenn.
McLin will lie in state on Saturday, September 10, from 10:00 a.m. to
10:50 a.m. at Peabody High School at 2069 Highway 45 in Trenton, Tenn.
Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m.

Haslam Appoints Jeff Bivens to Court of Criminal Appeals

News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Jeff Bivins to the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section of Tennessee.
Bivins, age 50, currently serves as Circuit Court Judge for the 21st Judicial District which includes Hickman, Lewis, Perry, and Williamson counties.
“While all of the applicants we considered were top notch, the breadth and depth of Jeff’s experience was distinctive,” Haslam said. “It includes not only his time on the bench in Williamson County but also his familiarity with the judicial selection system, the court of judiciary, and judicial elections, his private litigation experience, and his previous government service, both at the local level and the state level. He has the opportunity and experience to be an outstanding appellate judge.”

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Three Nominated for Court of Criminal Appeals Vacancy

Nashville, Tenn. – The Judicial Nominating Commission met in Nashville today to interview the ten applicants for the vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals created by the impending retirement of Judge David H. Welles.
After holding a public hearing and an interview for each applicant, the Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended the following three candidates to Governor Bill Haslam:
Jeffrey S. Bivins
Circuit Court Judge, 21st Judicial District
Franklin, Tenn.
Jeffrey Allen DeVasher
Assistant Public Defender
Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender
Nashville, Tenn.
Mark A. Fulks
Senior Counsel and Appellate Team Leader
Office of the Attorney General & Reporter
Nashville, Tenn.
The governor may now appoint one of these candidates or request a new slate of candidates from the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Nashville Criminal Court Clerk Investigated

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Nashville have begun an investigation into Criminal Court Clerk David Torrence following broadcast reports that he works just three days a week and uses his government vehicle for personal errands.
District Attorney General Torry Johnson on Friday said Nashvillians are upset by the actions of Torrence, who is elected.
After the stories aired on WSMV-TV, members of the Metro Council presented a resolution calling for Torrence’s resignation.
He has told the station he takes Wednesday and Friday off every week, and that his office is efficient and well run. He has not responded to the call for his resignation.
Johnson told a news conference the investigation will review records from the past several years.