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GOP effort to remove Nashville judge called a threat to 'principle of separation of powers'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A state lawmaker seeking to unseat a Nashville judge is getting strong pushback from some powerful legal groups.

The Nashville and the Tennessee Bar Associations have condemned a resolution offered up by Murfreesboro Republican Tim Rudd.

If passed, Rep. Rudd’s resolution could lead to the removal of Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle.

Judge Lyle forced the state to expand absentee balloting during last year’s presidential election. That decision was eventually overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Republicans called Judge Lyle’s decisions in the case judicial overreach. Statehouse Democrats and legal groups say Rudd’s resolution is an attack on an independent judiciary.

Judge Lyle has refused to comment on the resolution. 

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