Mae Beavers Knows What She's Talking About

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Re: Lee Davis: Tennessee Legislature To Claim It Is The Supreme Court?

Mr. Davis,
In response to your editorial dated Jan. 21, 2011, I would submit that Senator Mae Beavers has two advantages over lawyers such as yourself: 1) She is a non-lawyer and not encumbered with judicial misinformation and 2) She can read.

The Tennessee Constitution Art VI, Sec 2 (like Art III, Sec 2 of the U.S. Constitution) provides that the “jurisdiction of this Court shall be appellate only, under such restrictions and regulations as may from time to time be prescribed by law” (U.

S. Constitution: “the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make”).

The decision in Marbury v. Madison did not address that constitutional provision. While the Supreme Court does have the right to decide constitutional issues under the authority of that case and its progeny, it can do so until the Congress or the legislature deprives them of that responsibility. I respectfully suggest that if you read the Constitution which contains the foresaid provisions, then you will see that Senator Beavers knows what she is talking about and apparently you do not and unfortunately most lawyers do not.

The people of Tennessee are blessed to have Mae Beavers as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee because she reads the Constitution and feels the responsibility to do what it says, including helping fulfill the legislature’s constitutionally-mandated role of judicial review. In addition, I applaud her for filing a bill with the goal of seeking to start a statewide conversation regarding the proper roles and power of the various branches of government.

Respectfully submitted,

John Jay Hooker
Friend of the Constitution

Don't Give Up Essential Freedom

Re:  Roy Exum's column "The Right to Bear Arms": I don't agree with Roy on everything but on this I am solidly in his corner.  I would add one more quote from Ben Franklin "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase  a little temporary freedom, deserve neither."   From my cold, dead hands, Ms. Clinton. Dennis Wooden (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

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School Board Chooses Charlotte Firm For Superintendent Search Firm; Lennon, Testerman Want To Keep Kelly

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 5-4 to choose a Charlotte, N.C., search firm to pick a new county school superintendent. Coleman Lew and Associates was selected over McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha. That vote came after board members Kathy Lennon and David Testerman started the session by saying they are very pleased with Interim Supt. Kirk Kelly and would ... (click for more)

Judge Finds Young Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Fatal Wreck On Highway 58

Judge Tom Greenholtz on Wednesday found William Henry Young guilty of a lesser charge in a fatal traffic accident on Highway 58. The judge, who heard the case without a jury, ruled the 56-year-old former TVA employee guilty of criminally negligent homicide. He had been charged with vehicular homicide. Sentencing will be in December. Judge Greenholtz dismissed charges ... (click for more)

CPA Blanks CCS, 1-0, in A-AA State Soccer Semis

MURFREESBORO - The scoring opportunities were few for both teams, but Christ Presbyterian used a shot and a deflection off a defender for a 1-0 win against Chattanooga Christian in an A-AA state semifinal match here Thursday at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. District 12 player of the year Sarah Sievertsen scored the winning goal in the 54th minute as the Lions advance ... (click for more)

DeBord Happy To Have Kelly, Hurd In Vols' Backfield

Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Larry Scott spoke reporters at Wednesday's press conference in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio. No. 18 Tennessee (5-2, 2-2 SEC) takes on South Carolina (3-4, 1-4 SEC) on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium with a 7:15 ... (click for more)