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Several people, including two from Clinton, have applied to fill an anticipated 2014 vacancy on the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. The opening is the result of an announcement by Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Joseph Tipton that he will not seek re-election in August 2014, creating a vacancy effective Sept. 1, 2014.
Because the statutory provisions for the Judicial Nominating Commission expire June 30, the commission will meet this month to select a slate of candidates for Gov. Bill Haslam to choose from. The Court of Criminal Appeals opening is for the Eastern Tennessee Grand Division.
The 15 candidates for that post include two people from Clinton: Sandra N. Craig Donaghy, a deputy district attorney in the Seventh Judicial District based in Clinton; and Samuel K. Lee, an attorney with the Ridenour and Ridenour Law Firm in Clinton.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet Thursday, June 27, in Chattanooga to interview and hear public comments regarding the 15 applicants who have applied to fill the vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals Eastern Division. Completed applications of all the candidates can be found on tncourts.gov.
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