There are 15 candidates who have applied for the Eastern District Court of Criminal Appeals position (which includes Knoxville) with the announced retirement of Judge Joseph Tipton. The retirement is not effective until August of next year, but the Judicial Nominating Commission goes out of business at the end of the month and is reviewing applicants for the job.
The applicants range from Chattanooga to the Tri-Cities and includes prosecutors and private attorneys. They include former state Sen. Mike Faulk, from Hawkins County, who missed the cut on the last judicial selection.
If you have a local rooting interest in Knoxville, the list includes Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles Edward Atchley Jr. and two assistant district attorneys for the 6th District: Ken Irvine Jr. and Jason Lee Hunnicutt. The list also includes Ann Short, as associate of prominent Knoxville attorney Don Bosch.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet next Thursday (June 27) to review the applications. The group will send three names to Gov. Bill Haslam, who will make the final choice.
The Legislature refused to re-authorize the Judicial Nominating Commission so it ends June 30. This has led to the early selection of candidates for a job that won't be open until Sept. 1, 2014.