Tuesday, March 1, 2011
The Tennessee Supreme Court has this summary of a recent decision:
John Jay Hooker has filed a motion requesting this Court (1) to set aside its June 21, 2010 order directing the Clerk of the Appellate Courts to decline to accept any of his further filings in this case and (2) to rescind its January 7, 2010 order enforcing the October 20, 2008 order of the Chancery Court for Davidson County suspending his license to practice law for thirty days. Mr. Hooker has also requested that all the members of the Court recuse themselves from this proceeding because they “are prejudiced against him as a consequence of a contentious political dispute before the legislature . . . regarding the [c]onstitutionality of the [r]etention [e]lection [s]tatute.” In order to address Mr. Hooker’s first two requests, the Court must first address his renewed insistence that all the members of this Court are disqualified from any proceedings involving his law license. It is, therefore, ordered that the Clerk of the Appellate Courts is directed to accept and file the motion lodged by Mr. Hooker on January 14, 2011. It is further ordered that Mr. Hooker’s motion requesting all the members of this Court to recuse themselves from this proceeding is denied.
The attorney has filed lawsuits over nearly two decades "challenging the financing of elections by officials running for local, state, and federal office."
The court here denied the attorney's motion to recuse the entire court as
[n]o reasonable person familiar with the practice of law could conclude that the members of this Court have any personal interest in [the attorney's] law license. None of the members of this Court have personal knowledge of the facts of this case other than the facts appearing in the public record. Finally, no member of this Court has in the past exhibited or entertained personal bias or prejuduce against [him] in any personal or professional dealings with him.
The attorney is the subject of this Wikipedia entry. (Mike Frisch)