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Judge Ogle blames 'fellow Republicans' for politicizing judiciary

Circuit Court Judge Rex Ogle said at a Kiwanis Club meeting that some legislators in Nashville
were politicizing the judicial branch of government in Tennessee.
Published: 6:37 AM, 09/12/2013 Last updated: 6:37 AM, 09/12/2013

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Circuit Court Judge Rex Henry Ogle said, "fellow Republicans are largely to blame" for the politicization of Tennessee's independent judicial branch of government, to the detriment of citizens.

Judge Ogle made his comments at a Kiwanis Club luncheon/meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Republicans hold a majority of seats in Nashville in the state Senate and House of Representatives that together make up the General Assembly.

Judge Ogle said the Republican majority in the General Assembly has passed workers' comp legislation that "entirely" removes the court system from looking at cases.

"The governor (Bill Haslam) says our workers' comp plan gets people/businesses from coming to Tennessee," said Ogle, who said he disagreed with that assessment.

For more details, see Thursday's edition of The Newport Plain Talk.

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