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Bailey unphased by Bredesen's supreme court comments

On the bench for 16-years, Circuit Court Judge D'Army Bailey is on the short list to fill a vacancy on the State Supreme Court.  Bailey has yet to interview with Governor Phil Bredesen, who has the final say, and who is reportedly not pleased with the nominees.

"I don't want to change things for the sake of changing them," Bredesen said in Nashville. "I don't want to change things, because I dislike one decision they've made or something like that.  I'm not sure that what we have now is resulting in the best possible choices."

Thursday, Judge Bailey seemed unphased.

"I think the governor ought to be given the benefit of having the time to objectively and carefully evaluate all three of us," he said. "I have no doubt we will get a fair and open hearing."
But Bailey's actions outside the courtroom could factor into his chances.  Those choices include his appearance in several movies, such as the independent movie "Street Life" made by Tim Willis, a government informant and star witness in the Tennessee Waltz corruption scandal.

"I think that my qualifications are important," Bailey said. "I act as a hobby, and I enjoy the thespian part of me.  I don't golf. I do try to play a little tennis."

Bailey said his experiences as a civil rights activist, politician, and sometimes actor have not changed the way he conducts business in the courtroom.  He was not compensated for his role in "Street Life," and was not aware of Willis' status as an informant.

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