Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday announced three new appointments to the Special Supreme Court to hear a case from which all five Tennessee Supreme Court justices have recused themselves.
The Special Supreme Court will decide an appeal of Hooker et al. v. Haslam et al., a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state Court of Criminal Appeals appointment by Haslam.
The new special appointees are:
J. Robert Carter Jr. is a criminal court judge in Shelby County who served as an assistant district attorney general for 26 years before his election.
James R. Dedrick retired in 2010 from the U.S. Attorney’s Office where he had served since 1993 as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
Monica N. Wharton serves as the chief legal counsel for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, overseeing the risk management and legal affairs department since 2008.
Carter, Dedrick and Wharton join the two previous Special Supreme Court appointees Andrée Sophia Blumstein and W. Morris Kizer.
Blumstein and Kizer were originally appointed in July with three other appointees who recused themselves in late August.