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McFARLAND vs PEMBERTON

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State’s highest court sides with judge

By Damon Lawrence

In a 3-2 decision filed Wednesday, the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld two lower court decisions that tossed out Tom McFarland’s complaint over the 2014 circuit court judge election.

McFarland lost the race to Mike Pemberton. After the defeat, he sought to have the results voided by filing a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court.

Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood and the Court of Appeals determined the complaint was time-barred. The Supreme Court agreed.


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