WCBA members rate three for 21st District Circuit Court Judge


The Williamson County Bar Association recently released a poll of its members rating the three nominees State Gov. Bill Haslam is considering for appointment to the 21st Judicial District Circuit Court.

The Williamson County Bar Association recently released a poll of its members rating the three nominees State Gov. Bill Haslam is considering for appointment to the 21st Judicial District Circuit Court.

When Judge Timothy Easter of Brentwood took a seat Sept. 1 with the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in August, he left a vacancy in Div. IV in the 21st Judicial District Circuit Court.

This district includes Williamson, Hickman, Perry and Lewis counties. The four circuit court judges in the district have both criminal and civil jurisdiction.

Between Oct. 6-18, a total of 65 responded to the Williamson County Bar Association Poll on the nominees — Deanna Johnson, David Veile and Terry Wood.

Respondents were asked to rate Johnson, Veile and Wood based on the nominees’ knowledge of the law, judicial temperament, maturity, respect for litigants and attorneys, and ethics.

Based on the poll results, respondents know little about Johnson and Wood, marking “unknown” in response to most questions about the two nominees.

Johnson, wife of State Sen. Jack Johnson, works with a Franklin law office and owns a number of small businesses in Williamson and Hickman counties. Wood is Deputy 21st Judicial District Attorney.

A majority of 64.62 percent replied “unknown” for an overall rating of Johnson.

Wood’s ratings were split closely between “unknown” and “superior,” particularly in regards to his ethics, maturity and respect for attorneys.

Veile, a Franklin attorney was rated “superior” by the majority of respondents in all categories. He was given “superior” ratings by 56.25 percent of respondents for his ethics and by 57.81 percent for his respect for other attorneys.

The Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments selected the three nominees out of six applicants on Sept. 30. Full results of the study can be found here.

Jessica Pace covers Williamson County, Williamson County Schools and the Town of Nolensville for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at jess@brentwoodhomepage.com or follow her on Twitter @Jess_NHP.

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