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Rejected Supreme Court candidates claim racial discrimination December 14, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in Anti-White, Card, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discriminate, Discrimination, Lawsuit, Racism, Racist, Supreme Court, White.

[ Gov. Phil Bredesen]

Tennessee – Two white candidates claim that they were rejected for the fifth and final seat on the Supreme Court of the state because of their race. Earlier this year, Gov. Phil Bredesen scrapped the first panel of candidates given by the commission after the only minority candidate, Davidson County Chancellor Richard Dinkins, withdrew for family reasons. The commission was told by Gov. Phil Bredesen that he wanted the panel to include qualified minority candidates.

One black candidate was included in the second panel, Memphis Circuit Judge D’Army Bailey. Yet, it as well included J. Houston Gordon, an attorney and former state Democratic Party chairman, and George T. “Buck” Lewis, each of which were rejected from the panel previously.

John Hicks, Lewis’ attorney said: “There’s no real question that the reason Mr. Lewis and Mr. Gordon were rejected was because of race.” Charles W. Bone, an attorney for Gordon said: “It’s just as significant for (Bredesen) to say, ‘I’m not going to appoint these people because they’re white as it is for him to say I’m not going to appoint somebody because they’re black.”

Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle is hearing the case by the candidates. The case is hoped to be ruled on by Friday.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Link: Nashvillecitypaper.com

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