Superior Court Judge Brenda Trammell, joined by Judge Scott Ballard, dissented.
Trammell, of the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit, took issue with the majority giving more weight to provisions allowing Kemp the appointment. “Because I feel that this denies the people the right to elect their justice as provided by the Constitution, I cannot agree,” she wrote.
Beskin, who is now running to unseat Justice Charles Bethel, said she was not disappointed with the court’s ruling. For example, she said, the majority agreed with her position that Blackwell’s seat is not currently vacant, contrary to what Richardson had determined.
Former Georgia state Rep. Beth Beskin. (Contributed)
“I’m happy to have played a part in helping clarify Georgia election law jurisprudence and further understand the gubernatorial power of appointment,” she said.
Barrow lashed out at the decision, calling it tainted because Nahmias, Melton and Warren refused to step aside from a case involving their colleague Blackwell.
Former U.S. Rep John Barrow, a Georgia Democrat, is assailing rulings that reject demands to hold an election to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Georgia Supreme Court. (Bob Andresemail@example.com)
“It’s clear that these justices had an interest in deciding this case, and it’s not hard to see where their interests lay,” Barrow said. These justices misinterpreted the Constitution and blamed the voters who ratified it, he added.
“We’ll continue to see these justices blaming the voters for their bad decisions — until we replace them,” Barrow said.
Still pending is a federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta by three voters, including the widow of late Justice Charles Weltner, who also are seeking to force an election for Blackwell’s seat.