Supreme Court reaches downThe Tennessee Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear the case that would review the Knox County Charter without going through the normal appeals process. That sounds wonderful, except that the Court will not hear the case until September 6th-well after the August 3rd local election.
Here's a prediction: The Court will not overturn Chancellor Weaver's ruling, partly because Weaver was legally right in his opinion, but more likely because of the immediate chaos it would create in Knox County Government if the ruling were overturned. Since the Court will not hear the case until after the election, the electoral fate of all of the term-limited commissioners will have been decided, and if they are ruled ineligable, how would they be immediately replaced?
If the Court does overturn Chancellor Weaver's ruling, I think they will also issue an order that allows the term-limited Commissioners to serve out one final term in order to avert yet another constitutional crisis.