Bredesen unhappy with politics in judicial selection process

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Governor Bredesen said Wednesday that he doubts the current judicial selection process produces the most qualified candidates for the state Supreme Court. He also said he was upset with "the level of game-playing" in the process that produced a second slate of candidates to fill a vacancy on court.

On Tuesday, the state Judicial Selection Commission sent a list of three candidates for the governor to choose from. The commission chose Appellate Judge William Koch of Nashville, Circuit Judge D'Army Bailey of Memphis, and attorney J. Houston Gordon of Covington.

Bredesen rejected the first list because the only minority candidate withdrew from consideration.

Bailey, who is black, is the only minority candidate chosen by the commission from eight minority candidates who applied. Gordon was on the first list, but was allowed to reapply.

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